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France's Le Pen turns far-right party into contender for power -

Marine Le Pen has brought the National Front from fringe status into the political spotlight and made herself a real contender to be France's first woman president and its first far-right leader since World War II. Since taking the helm in 2011, Le Pen ...and more »

Here's how France's election could spark market turmoil - MarketWatch

As Sunday's first-round presidential election nears, the polls are showing a nail-bitingly close race between four candidates, setting the scene for what could be a shake-up in European financial markets next week. Two anti-European Union candidates ...and more »

French Voters Are Also Impatient, But Not for Change - Bloomberg

The Gallic version of "Make America Great Again" is about stronger government, not less of it. by. Therese Raphael. @ThereseRaphael1 More stories by Therese Raphael. 9. April 18, 2017, 10:00 PM PDT. Plus ca change. Photographer: GEOFFROY VAN DER ...and more »

Why the French presidential candidates are arguing about their colonial history - The Conversation US

Polls are tightening up, but Marine Le Pen, of the far-right National Front (FN) Party, seems likely to get through to the second, runoff ballot on May 10. Will the xenophobic populism that brought Brexit to the U.K. and Donald Trump to the White House ...and more »

Lining Up the French Elections - U.S. News & World Report

Last week, the building housing the campaign headquarters of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was hit by a suspected arson attack – authorities reported no injuries and minor damage to the building. This week, Emmanuel Macron, the ...and more »

French Jews are worried about Le Pen. Now another presidential candidate scares them, too. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon at a campaign rally in Lille, April 12, 2017. (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images). (JTA) — Even before the communist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon emerged as a serious contender for the presidency in France ...and more »

French-election fears unite scientists in defence of liberal democracy -

Supporters of Front National leader Marine Le Pen hand out campaign leaflets in the northern town of Hénin-Beaumont. It is the strangest French presidential election that mathematician Cédric Villani can remember. “It has been like no other,” he says ...and more »

Down in Polls, France's Le Pen Targets Immigration for Boost - U.S. News & World Report

Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader, reacts at the end of her campaign rally in Paris. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Reuters. By John Irish. PARIS (Reuters) - Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen sought on Tuesday to turn the debate in ...and more »

Marine Le Pen Leads Far-Right Fight to Make France 'More French' - New York Times

MARSEILLE, France — Slipping in polls in the final days before the start of France's presidential voting on Sunday, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen is rallying her base by hardening a line — already very hard — on her principal campaign theme ...and more »

A youth revolt in France boosts the far right - Washington Post

Songbirds flitted among the redbud trees. The wind tickled yellow flowers in fields of rapeseed. The medieval church clock clanged on the hour. Otherwise all was still in this one-boulangerie town in the French countryside when Marine Le Pen strode to ...and more »