Le Pen slams election rules after results spell bad news for National Front
France

Le Pen slams election rules after results spell bad news for National Front

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday blamed a poor showing by her National Front (FN) party in parliamentary elections on low turnout resulting from what she said was a skewed electoral system.

Macron’s party on course for landslide victory in French parliamentary elections
France

Macron’s party on course for landslide victory in French parliamentary elections

Republique en Marche looks set to win a record majority in the French parliament, according to initial first round results.

Hold on, it wasn’t meant to be this easy for Emmanuel Macron
France

Hold on, it wasn’t meant to be this easy for Emmanuel Macron

The parliamentary elections were set to bring him back to earth, but instead he's heading for a massive majority. How's that?

Wawrinka crushed by Nadal in French Open final
Switzerland

Wawrinka crushed by Nadal in French Open final

Rafael Nadal coasted to a record tenth French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Swiss opponent Stan Wawrinka.

Turnout in French parliamentary vote down sharply on 2012
France

Turnout in French parliamentary vote down sharply on 2012

Turnout after nine hours of voting in France's parliamentary elections on Sunday was 40.75 percent, down around eight points from the same stage in the 2012 vote, the interior ministry said.

VIDEO: Festivalgoers praise ‘forward-thinking’, organic Northside
Denmark

VIDEO: Festivalgoers praise ‘forward-thinking’, organic Northside

The Local spoke to festivalgoers at the Northside festival in Aarhus about organic food, sustainability and, of course, music.

Thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote
Spain

Thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Several thousand demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of the city's football club, rallied in Barcelona Sunday to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1st.

Fire in Germany refugee shelter injures 37
Germany

Fire in Germany refugee shelter injures 37

A fire broke out in a refugee shelter in Germany overnight injuring 37 people, mainly due to smoke inhalation, police said on Sunday as they searched for the cause.

Spain’s ‘jamon’ conquers China
Spain

Spain’s ‘jamon’ conquers China

The aroma is so extraordinary it's like "a punch in your mouth" says Luqi Wu, one of several Chinese businessmen standing in a cellar in southwestern Spain surrounded by thousands of hanging ham legs.

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 World Cup despite Qatar crisis
Switzerland

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 World Cup despite Qatar crisis

Fifa is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published on Sunday.

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Long an important source of revenue for telecom companies, roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15, raising pressure on operators in a tight market.

Italy faces local poll test ahead of parliamentary vote
Italy

Italy faces local poll test ahead of parliamentary vote

Some nine million Italians were voting on Sunday in a municipal poll seen as a key test of party support ahead of looming parliamentary elections.

Climate change rift raises temperature for G7 meet in Bologna
Italy

Climate change rift raises temperature for G7 meet in Bologna

G7 environment chiefs meet in Italy Sunday for potentially difficult talks 10 days after Donald Trump sparked a rift with US partners by pulling out of the Paris climate change accord.

easyJet plane diverts over ‘suspicious conversation’
Germany

easyJet plane diverts over ‘suspicious conversation’

German police said on Sunday that no explosives were found aboard a London-bound easyJet flight from Slovenia that was diverted to a west German airport after passengers overheard three men on board talking about "terrorist" activities.

Macron seeks majority as France votes for new parliament
France

Macron seeks majority as France votes for new parliament

French voters went back to the polls on Sunday for the first round of parliamentary elections that are tipped to give President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party a commanding majority.