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The New Zealand Herald - - World Briefing -

French far-right party Na­tional Rally has launched its cam­paign for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tion. Dur­ing a speech in Paris, party leader Ma­rine Le Pen urged vot­ers to seize the May 26 vote as a chance to “beat” French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron after weeks of anti-gov­ern­ment protests. She said of hoped-for wins by na­tion­al­ist move­ments in EU mem­ber na­tions: “The mo­ment of the big po­lit­i­cal changeover has come.” The head of Scot­land’s gov­ern­ment is re­fer­ring her­self to a watch­dog panel be­cause she spoke to a for­mer men­tor after sex­ual harass­ment

al­le­ga­tions were made against him. First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon says she met Alex Sal­mond three times and spoke to him on the phone twice after two women brought al­le­ga­tions against him to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment a year ago. Stur­geon

says she’s acted ap­pro­pri­ately but “the fact re­mains that at the cen­tre of this is­sue are two women whose com­plaints could not be swept un­der the car­pet”. A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

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