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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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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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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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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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Macron and Le Pen through to French election run-off

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in the second round of the French elections.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in the second round of the French elections.

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French election: A difficult choice for voters

Leading up to the election, more than a quarter of voters were still undecided about who to support.

Leading up to the election, more than a quarter of voters were still undecided about who to support.

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Leading candidates in French election get in early to vote

The leading candidates in the French presidential election have already cast their ballots, with most having voted in the morning.

The leading candidates in the French presidential election have already cast their ballots, with most having voted in the morning.

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French election: The despair of voters

Voters expressed despair over the choice facing France and uncertainty over the country's future.

Voters expressed despair over the choice facing France and uncertainty over the country's future.

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French election: early voting in overseas territories and other countries

French overseas territories and the country’s nationals abroad have been casting their ballots in the presidential election ahead of the vote on the mainland.

French overseas territories and the country’s nationals abroad have been casting their ballots in the presidential election ahead of the vote on the mainland.

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France's overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot

Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades.

Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades.

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A history of French presidential elections through nine infographics

From the triumph of Francois Mitterrand in 1981 to the surprise of Le Pen in 2002, the presidential elections are often known for their twists and turns.

From the triumph of Francois Mitterrand in 1981 to the surprise of Le Pen in 2002, the presidential elections are often known for their twists and turns.

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Paris shooting: France's presidential candidates react

Thursday's shooting in central Paris risks thrusting national security and the spectre of terrorism back in minds of millions of French voters.

Thursday's shooting in central Paris risks thrusting national security and the spectre of terrorism back in minds of millions of French voters.

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'They say we should be prepared to take in the whole world. I disagree'

Ahead of the French presidential election, we speak to people across France. In this edition, we meet Alain Peulet, a retired merchant navy officer, who disagrees with France's immigration policy.

Ahead of the French presidential election, we speak to people across France. In this edition, we meet Alain Peulet, a retired merchant navy officer, who disagrees with France's immigration policy.

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The EU must prepare itself for President Le Pen in France

After the UK's unexpected vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the US presidential election last year, you might imagine that EU leaders have developed detailed contingency plans for a victory by the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election.

After the UK's unexpected vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the US presidential election last year, you might imagine that EU leaders have developed detailed contingency plans for a victory by the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election.