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Riot in Paris as protesters clash with police and Front National supporters at May Day workers' march -

Six riot police officers have been injured, two "very seriously" in clashes between masked protesters on the fringes of May Day marches in Paris. Scores of hooded youth threw Molotov cocktails at security forces who fired back with tear gas during the ...and more »

Who is French election favourite Emmanuel Macron and what does he stand for? - Evening Standard

With the French election in its final days, all eyes are on the charismatic centrist who has captivated a continent. But who is the enigmatic Emmanuel, asks Anne McElvoy. Anne Mcelvoy; Tuesday 2 May 2017 12:16. Click to follow. ES Lifestyle. Play Video ...and more »

Marine Le Pen's National Front Might Be Starting to Crack - Foreign Policy (blog)

MARSEILLE and HÉNIN-BEAUMONT, France — The election is not even over, yet this week, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the notorious former leader of the far-right National Front party, made news in France for appearing to offer an early post-mortem of his daughter ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Has France Really Rejected Populism? - Project Syndicate

Beneath the surface of France's first-round presidential election results is a potential coalition that should give pause to those celebrating the supposed triumph of liberal democracy. Even if the French electorate rejects anti-establishment policies ...and more »

How the French debacle in Algeria shaped the rise of Marine Le Pen — and what America can learn from it - Salon

Last Sunday, the French held the first round of their presidential election. Emmanuel Macron won just over 24 percent of the vote, and 21.3 percent of voters cast their ballots for Marine Le Pen. There will be a runoff on May 7 — as in every previous ...and more »