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French shares rise ahead of presidential election

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By Euronews
French shares rise ahead of presidential election

<p>Europe’s stock markets finished Thursday’s trading session slightly ahead – with Paris the standout.</p> <p>The CAC40 index of top shares rose 1.48 percent, its biggest one-day gain in a month with banks <span class="caps">BNP</span> Paribas and Societe Generale among top gainers.</p> <p>Investors are focused on politics as the latest opinion polls before the French presidential election reassured them that there was little chance of major shocks. </p> <p>The first round of voting is on Sunday and the polls suggest they will result in far-right candidate Marine Le Pen against the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round runoff on May the seventh. </p> <p>Those opinion polls then have Macron easily beating Le Pen, who is campaigning for France to leave the European Union and the euro.</p> <p>Thursday saw the euro rise at one stage to a three-week high against the dollar with the single currency on track for its best week this year.</p>