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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 »

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 »

In France's Poor Suburbs, Angry Voters May Skip Big Election - New York Times

STAINS, France — For voters in the poorer, largely immigrant suburbs of Paris, the motivation to turn out for France's presidential runoff seems clear: to defeat Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of the National Front, who has pitched her campaign ...and more »

Russian Hackers Who Targeted Clinton Appear to Attack France's Macron - New York Times

The campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appear to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year's American presidential election, ...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 »

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 »

Hackers have targeted election campaign of Macron, says cyber firm - The Guardian

Trend Mirco says it detected fake web domains for French presidential candidate on digital infrastructure used by group named Pawn Storm. Associated Press. Tue 25 Apr 2017 13.56 EDT Last modified on Sat 13 May 2017 13.31 EDT. Share on Facebook ...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 »

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 »

Why Emmanuel Macron's bid to haul France out of its economic malaise will be harder than he thinks - Telegraph.co.uk

He promised it would be different. The jubilant crowd bellowed Francois Hollande's name as the new French president took centre stage in Tulle to deliver his victory speech in 2012. “The French people have chosen change by pushing me to the presidency ...and more »