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Marine Le Pen fends off Nazi gas chamber row to savage Macron

Jean-Francois Jalkh, the French far-right presidential contender's replacement as Front National leader, disputes having cast doubt on the Holocaust.

Jean-Francois Jalkh, the French far-right presidential contender's replacement as Front National leader, disputes having cast doubt on the Holocaust.

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Zidane calls on voters to avoid Le Pen

French football legend and 1998 World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane warns against voting for Marine Le Pen and the National Front in upcoming French presidential election second…

French football legend and 1998 World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane warns against voting for Marine Le Pen and the National Front in upcoming French presidential election second…

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France: weak GDP growth ahead of final election round

With the final round of the French presidential election looming, the focus was on anaemic economic growth in the first three months of the year.

With the final round of the French presidential election looming, the focus was on anaemic economic growth in the first three months of the year.

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Stock markets calm after Macron rally

Europe's stock markets made moderate gains on Tuesday with as investors shifted their focus from politics to business fundamentals.

Europe's stock markets made moderate gains on Tuesday with as investors shifted their focus from politics to business fundamentals.

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France divided in two

France is split along both geographical and social lines in its support for Emmanuel Macronand Marine Le Pen.

France is split along both geographical and social lines in its support for Emmanuel Macronand Marine Le Pen.

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Macron: A French JFK or Neo-Napoleon?

by Dominique Moisi, Institut Montaigne Relief and pride are the main emotions many French citizens are feeling after the first round of the French

by Dominique Moisi, Institut Montaigne Relief and pride are the main emotions many French citizens are feeling after the first round of the French

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Defeated French Socialists and Republicans urge votes for Macron

As the losing mainstream candidates lick their wounds after the first-round of the French presidential race, their shocked parties have had to agree on what to do…

As the losing mainstream candidates lick their wounds after the first-round of the French presidential race, their shocked parties have had to agree on what to do…

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Le Pen "takes break" as party leader to focus on presidential campaign

The French National Front leader says she is “taking a break” as party leader to focus on her presidential campaign ahead of a run-off vote in two weeks’ time.

The French National Front leader says she is “taking a break” as party leader to focus on her presidential campaign ahead of a run-off vote in two weeks’ time.

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Macron's army of "helpers" reveal hard work behind the scenes

At the election night meeting held by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, many volunteers could be seen handing out information, flags and badges.

At the election night meeting held by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, many volunteers could be seen handing out information, flags and badges.

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French vote: The mainstream losers

The presidential election was a huge defeat for France’s mainstream parties.

The presidential election was a huge defeat for France’s mainstream parties.

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Hollande calls on voters to back Macron in run-off ballot

French President Francois Hollande has called for voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off ballot in the presidential election.

French President Francois Hollande has called for voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off ballot in the presidential election.

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Macron and Le Pen's different economic strategies

Macron favours the euro, free trade and globalisation. Le Pen has described the run-off with Macron as a referendum on "uncontrolled globalisation".

Macron favours the euro, free trade and globalisation. Le Pen has described the run-off with Macron as a referendum on "uncontrolled globalisation".

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The choice facing France

Emmanuel Macron is the political newcomer up against far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron is the political newcomer up against far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen

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French election relief rally pushes up share prices

There were no surprises from the first round of the French election which meant a relief rally for the European stock markets and beyond.

There were no surprises from the first round of the French election which meant a relief rally for the European stock markets and beyond.

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Clashes in Paris in wake of election results

Tensions were running high on Paris’ Bastille Square on Sunday night (April 23), at the end of a protest called by left wing militants.

Tensions were running high on Paris’ Bastille Square on Sunday night (April 23), at the end of a protest called by left wing militants.

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How do the French presidential candidates' programmes measure up?

Former investment banker and political novice-Emmanuel Macron will go head-to-head with far-right, _Front National_ leader-Marine Le Pen for the keys to the Élysée Palace. But how do their policy prop

Former investment banker and political novice-Emmanuel Macron will go head-to-head with far-right, _Front National_ leader-Marine Le Pen for the keys to the Élysée Palace. But how do their policy prop

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French election: Macron to face off against Le Pen. What we know

Voters rejected France's traditional political parties Sunday, opting for two populist candidates who will contest the election runoff on May 7.

Voters rejected France's traditional political parties Sunday, opting for two populist candidates who will contest the election runoff on May 7.

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French voters boot out mainstream parties

It's a historic defeat for France's ruling establishment, as Socialist Benoit Hamon and conservative Francois Fillon get knocked out of the race.

It's a historic defeat for France's ruling establishment, as Socialist Benoit Hamon and conservative Francois Fillon get knocked out of the race.