Marine Le Pen
France is about to pick a new President. That's nice, you say, but you're still recovering from the tectonic shifts of 2016. (Brexit! Trump!) You really should pay attention, though. One of Europe's most important countries could end up being run by a far-right leader or someone who's never held elected office. Either way, the result will ripple across the globe.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to attend a summons by judges over allegations of misuse of European Union funds, according to her lawyer. Marcel Ceccaldi said on Friday Le Pen had told the judges she would not attend before the end of the presidential campaign, to be held in two stages in April and May.