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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 2, 2017

French polling watchdog warns over Russian news agency’s election report

Russian firm’s survey puts François Fillon in lead in presidential race, contradicting mainstream opinion polls

France’s polling commission has issued a warning over a Russian news report suggesting conservative candidate François Fillon leads the race for the presidency, contradicting the findings of mainstream opinion polls.

The cautionary note from the watchdog followed allegations in February by aides of centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron that he was a target of “fake news” put out by Russian media, including the Sputnik news agency.

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March 14, 2017

François Fillon under formal investigation for ‘fake jobs offences’

Decision over allegations of misuse of public funds increases pressure on campaign of French presidential candidate

The rightwing French presidential candidate François Fillon has been placed under formal investigation for misuse of public funds.

Fillon is alleged to have given his wife and children generous fake jobs funded by the taxpayer as parliamentary assistants.

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