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ECB keeps rates on hold in April – as it happened - Financial Times

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ECB's April rate decision. We are not expecting any changes to either interest rates or the QE programme so once again the messaging from ECB president Mario Draghi will be key. Gavin Jackson Apr 27, 04:03.and more »

Marine Le Pen is a 'terrible danger,' French research leaders say - Science Magazine

The French science and higher education community appears virtually united in its opposition against Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate who could become France's next president during the second round of elections on 7 May. In an unprecedented ...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 »

The French election, explained in 9 maps and charts - Vox

We know which pair of France's 11 presidential candidates will face off in next month's decisive second round of voting. Now we're learning a lot more about why the last two standing are centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who ...and more »

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 »

Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful - The Guardian

Last July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in François Hollande's government and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as a naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Paris's Left Bank.and more »

Across Europe the populist revolt is not in retreat. It's on pause - Telegraph.co.uk

Yesterday's conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions – the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today's conventional wisdom (post-first-round ...and more »

How Le Pen could win - POLITICO.eu

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 »

Emmanuel Macron's campaign team bans Russian news outlets from events - The Guardian

Russia accuses French presidential candidate of discrimination after spokesman confirmed Sputnik news agency and RT TV channel were denied access. Reuters. Thu 27 Apr 2017 15.22 EDT Last modified on Thu 27 Apr 2017 17.03 EDT. Share on ...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 »