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April 24, 2017

Le Pen attacks Macron as France’s mainstream rallies behind him

Front National leader accuses centrist rival of being weak on terror as she temporarily steps aside as head of party

Far-right French presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, has attacked her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, suggesting he is a “hysterical, radical Europeanist” who is weak on jihadi terror.

Her tirade came as the country’s demoralised mainstream parties threw their weight behind her opponent on the first day of campaigning for the presidential runoff on 7 May.

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April 24, 2017

French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen set for final round showdown – live

Independent Macron projected to have taken around 24% of vote with Front National leader Le Pen on roughly 22%; conservative François Fillon concedes

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While we wait for the final result it is [...]

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April 22, 2017

French elections 2017: disintegrating left-right divide sets stage for political upheaval

Squeezed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon on one side and Emmanuel Macron on the other, the presidential contest could mean destruction for the Socialist party

French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election that to the very end has brought little consensus or comfort and only one certainty: the result will be a political upheaval, whoever wins.

Even as they walk into their bureau de vote, many will still be undecided, faced with paper slips for an unprecedented 11 candidates, only four of them thought to be serious contenders for the Elysée palace. There is a nail-biting sense that anything could happen.

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April 21, 2017

Shadow of terror attacks hangs over France as polls prepare to open

With first round of the presidential vote taking place on Sunday, Emmanuel Macron accuses rivals of exploiting attacks

France goes to the polls on Sunday with terrorist violence casting a long shadow over its fraught presidential election, after the shooting of a policeman on the Champs Élysées deepened already bitter political divisions.

Candidates with radically opposing visions for the country’s future clashed openly over the response to the killing, claimed by Islamic State less than 72 hours before polling stations open.

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