Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote

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Bate Felix and John Irish

France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a “risk” for France.

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

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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.

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Thatcher admirer Fillon wins French Conservative presidential ticket

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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.

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How to deal with the threat of the Islamic State

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Philipp Müller

In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Paris by the Islamic State (IS) on Friday, 13th November 2015, it has become more important than ever for European policymakers to determine how to deal with the threat posed by the IS. The French president Francois Hollande has announced to wage a ‘pitiless war’ against the IS and French aircraft have increased their bombing raids on IS-held territory in Syria. However, the IS has been the target of bombing raids by the United States air force for over a year now and shows no sign of collapsing.

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