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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 »

Emmanuel Macron has taken French voters for granted. Now he risks defeat - The Guardian

In theory Macron should beat Marine Le Pen hands down. But he has little commitment from the electorate. Mon 1 May 2017 12.47 EDT Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.01 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email ...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 accused of plagiarising François Fillon in May Day speech - The Guardian

Presidential candidate's 1 May address mocked on social media for using lines straight from speech by defeated rival. Kim Willsher in Paris. Tue 2 May 2017 10.38 EDT First published on Tue 2 May 2017 05.05 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...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 »

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 2017: Paris police clash with protesters as demonstrations turn violent - The Independent

Fierce clashes between police and protesters on the streets of Paris left riot officers injured after the fringes of an annual trade union demonstration turned violent. A water cannon was deployed and tear gas filled the air on the sidelines of the ...and more »