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France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

Benoit Tessier/Reuters   By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race

Martin Bureau/Reuters   By Leigh Thomas French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday.

Macron urges French to get rid of old generation as race tightens

Christian Hartmann/Reuters   By Michel Rose Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron urged French voters on Monday to turn the page on the last 20 years and bring a new generation to power, as he stepped up attacks against resurgent far-left and conservative rivals six days before voting day.

French presidential race tightens further

Regis Duvignau/Reuters   By Adrian Croft and Elizabeth Pineau Polls showed France’s presidential election campaign tightening further on Wednesday as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France’s European Union membership to a vote.

France’s Macron clashes with Le Pen, polls sees him as having best programme

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Michel Rose and Ingrid Melander Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France’s presidential election after a televised debate on Tuesday night in which he clashed sharply with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe, just 19 days before the election.

French Socialist candidate livid as ex-PM Valls defects to Macron

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters   By Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election, becoming the biggest Socialist Party name to turn his back on its official candidate and support the centrist instead.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

Observations of an Expat: Mind The Gap

AP photo   By Tom Arms Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Emile Picy and Chine Labbé French police searched presidential candidate Francois Fillon‘s office in parliament on Tuesday as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a ‘Plan B’ without him.

France’s Fillon and his wife questioned in ‘fake work’ probe

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Chine Labbé and Gérard Bon French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife were questioned for five hours by police investigators on Monday as part of a probe into allegations that Penelope Fillon had been paid for fake jobs.

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

EU globalisation fears most acute in Austria and France

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Noah Barkin Fear of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

Thatcher admirer Fillon wins French Conservative presidential ticket

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters   By Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, making him favourite to win a presidential election five months from now against the popular far-right and a deeply divided left.

Fillon, Juppé, kick off race for support for French presidential ticket

Thomas Samson/Reuters   By Richard Lough Francois Fillon heads into a runoff campaign for France’s conservative presidential ticket on Monday as favourite after winning the endorsement of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy whom he ousted from the race after a stunning late surge in polls.