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"Scandals and dirty tricks": two close Le Pen aides are arrested

French police have detained far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's bodyguarda and chief of staff in custody. Le Pen's lawyer says they are being questioned over alleged misuse of EU funds to

French police have detained far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's bodyguarda and chief of staff in custody. Le Pen's lawyer says they are being questioned over alleged misuse of EU funds to

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French riots: wounds show no signs of healing soon

Over a decade after the infamous 2005 riots that rocked France, tensions between police and those living on the outskirts of society don't appear to be easing.

Over a decade after the infamous 2005 riots that rocked France, tensions between police and those living on the outskirts of society don't appear to be easing.

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French presidential hopeful Fillon seeks scandal respite in the sun

Embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon received the warmest of welcomes on Saturday – more than 9,000 kilometres from the mainland.

Embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon received the warmest of welcomes on Saturday – more than 9,000 kilometres from the mainland.

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Dual citizenship for Europeans only, Le Pen says

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has outlined a policy where dual citizens from non-European countries would be forced to make a choice which they want to keep.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has outlined a policy where dual citizens from non-European countries would be forced to make a choice which they want to keep.

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What are Marine Le Pen's policies?

Since the triumphs of Brexit and Trump, the Front National leader has been increasingly seen as a serious contender in the 2017 French presidential election.

Since the triumphs of Brexit and Trump, the Front National leader has been increasingly seen as a serious contender in the 2017 French presidential election.

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French Presidential campaign mired in scandal

Fillon Allegations surrounding embattled French right-wing presidential candidate, Francois Fillon continue to roll in.

Fillon Allegations surrounding embattled French right-wing presidential candidate, Francois Fillon continue to roll in.

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France's new corruption scandals favour Le Pen

Analysts believe many voters are likely to decide that French politics needs to clean up its act and the financial scandals are a gift to Marine Le Pen's National Front.

Analysts believe many voters are likely to decide that French politics needs to clean up its act and the financial scandals are a gift to Marine Le Pen's National Front.

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French election campaigns heating up

A rundown of three French presidential candidate's rallies which all took place this weekend in Lyon.

A rundown of three French presidential candidate's rallies which all took place this weekend in Lyon.

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'I defend the walls of our society': Le Pen launches presidential bid

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen kicks off her French presidential campaign in Lyon, with a promise to protect voters from globalisation.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen kicks off her French presidential campaign in Lyon, with a promise to protect voters from globalisation.

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French presidential front-runners Le Pen and Macron rally supporters

Riding high in the opinion polls, far-right leader Marine Le Pen kick-starts her campaign to become French president with a major speech on Sunday, hammering home an anti-euro, anti-immigrant…

Riding high in the opinion polls, far-right leader Marine Le Pen kick-starts her campaign to become French president with a major speech on Sunday, hammering home an anti-euro, anti-immigrant…

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Scandal set to grow for French presidential candidate Fillon

Further damaging revelations looked set to pile yet more pressure on embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday.

Further damaging revelations looked set to pile yet more pressure on embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday.

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Protectionism and the French presidential race

Business Line looks at the French presidential candidates and their views on protectionism as Donald Trump changes the political landscape.

Business Line looks at the French presidential candidates and their views on protectionism as Donald Trump changes the political landscape.

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Fillon sinks further under new corruption allegations

Illegal undeclared company consultancies on top of allegations of well-paid fake jobs for wife and children threaten to derail France's leading right-wing presidential candidate.

Illegal undeclared company consultancies on top of allegations of well-paid fake jobs for wife and children threaten to derail France's leading right-wing presidential candidate.

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"I am the victim of a smear campaign" - Fillon

The French centre-right candidate for the presidential election says he is unruffled by the scandal threatening to engulf his campaign.

The French centre-right candidate for the presidential election says he is unruffled by the scandal threatening to engulf his campaign.

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The French Presidential Race: Who's who?

A rundown of the French presidential candidates and their policies 90 days before the election.

A rundown of the French presidential candidates and their policies 90 days before the election.

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Who is Benoit Hamon?

It’s easy to say it now with hindsight but Benoit Hamon’s swift rise to the top shouldn’t really be much of a surprise.

It’s easy to say it now with hindsight but Benoit Hamon’s swift rise to the top shouldn’t really be much of a surprise.

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Crowded field jostles for position as mud flies in French presidential race

With the Socialist candidate finally chosen this weekend, can either Manuel Valls or Benoit Hamon make a difference in the packed French presidential election race?

With the Socialist candidate finally chosen this weekend, can either Manuel Valls or Benoit Hamon make a difference in the packed French presidential election race?

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Opinion: “Zombie” Apocalypse in the West?

French politics has no analogue to America’s alt-right milieu – with its conspiracy theories, talk shows, online trolling, and fake news – that fueled Trump’s campaign. But Fillon’s supporters, too, reject multiculturalism and have responded to their status anxiety by dismissing expertise.

French politics has no analogue to America’s alt-right milieu – with its conspiracy theories, talk shows, online trolling, and fake news – that fueled Trump’s campaign. But Fillon’s supporters, too, reject multiculturalism and have responded to their status anxiety by dismissing expertise.