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What would Emmanuel Macron as France's leader mean for Europe? - The Guardian

A presidential win could offer a last chance for liberal reform of Europe but may prove bad news for Britain's Brexit trade hopes. Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor. Tue 2 May 2017 02.00 EDT Last modified on Thu 25 May 2017 06.49 EDT. Share on Facebook ...and more »

French election will be a choice between embracing migrants' rights and closing borders - The Conversation AU

The French presidential election has highlighted once more the country's deeply entrenched traditional left-right political cleavages – and their increasing tension between globalism and the national interest. In the first round of voting in late April ...and more »

Marine Le Pen's party upbeat amid complaints of lethargy on the left - The Guardian

Even on May Day, as anti-Front National marches took place, unions that once held firm against Jean-Marie Le Pen were split. Angelique Chrisafis in Paris. @achrisafis. Mon 1 May 2017 14.04 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.01 EST. Share on ...and more »

May Day rallies provide latest battleground in French presidential campaign - Deutsche Welle

As is tradition, French workers take the spotlight on May 1 in Paris. But this year, there is a crucial and defining difference. Not only did various traditional rallies celebrate the annually occurring International Workers' Day, but the two French ...and more »

How Le Pen could win -

PARIS — Marine Le Pen needs a perfect political storm to help her win the French presidency on Sunday. She aims to provoke it by kicking up rage at her centrist rival, discouraging leftists from voting and winning over millions of disappointed ...and more »

May Day in France: six police injured as violent group hijacks Paris march - The Guardian

About 150 people armed with molotov cocktails and stones invade event, with France divided over presidential election. • May Day protests around the world – in pictures · Kim Willsher and Angelique Chrisafis in Paris. Mon 1 May 2017 13.22 EDT Last ...and more »

Is There a Case for Le Pen? - New York Times

EVERY surge of right-wing populism confronts voters with a different dilemma. In the Brexit referendum, the risk was the policy, not the politicians. Voting to leave the European Union was not a vote to make Nigel Farage prime minister; it was a vote ...and more »

The Macron affair: How the French election winner's parents discovered he was dating his teacher -

When Emmanuel Macron fell in love with Brigitte Trogneux, a married teacher at his school, it caused something of a stir. In this extract from her biography of the French presidential candidate, the author reveals the reaction of Macron's parents ...and more »

The Future of Europe Hinges on a Face-Off in France - The New Yorker

On the evening of April 20th, nearly a quarter of France's television-watching public was tuned in to a special called “15 Minutes pour Convaincre.” Its format was simple: each of eleven Presidential candidates would appear and speak for fifteen ...and more »

What About Asia? The Hole in the French Presidential Election Debate - The Diplomat

The second round of the French presidential elections will take place on May 7, with two finalists who have drastically different visions of the world and the role of France in the international system. Emmanuel Macron, the maverick 39-year-old center ...and more »