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France's two big parties face long-term decline -

Both conservatives and socialists are struggling even to make the second round of the presidential election. By Pierre Briançon. 4/20/17, 4:08 AM CET. Updated 4/21/17, 10:23 AM CET. Campaign posters of struggling mainstream candidates Benoît Hamon ...and more »

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

PARIS — Forgive the French if they seem on edge. 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 ...and more »

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

When the French presidential elections begin on April 23, the world will be watching closely. 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 ...and more »

French Elections 2017 - teleSUR English

On Sunday French citizens will go to the polls in the first round of the country's hotly contested 2017 presidential elections. The elections pit leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon against far-right National Front leader Marian Le Pen, centrist ...and more »

How Marine Le Pen Relies on Dividing French Jews and Muslims - The Atlantic

Marine Le Pen, the National Front party leader who is among the frontrunners in France's upcoming presidential elections, made waves this month with her insistence that France was not responsible for the infamous “Vel d'Hiv” roundup of July 1942, in ...and more »

French elections: Marine Le Pen vows to suspend immigration to 'protect France' - The Independent

Marine Le Pen has claimed she will “protect France” with a vow to suspend immigration and defend the country against the threat of “savage globalisation”. With just days to go until the first round of voting in the presidential election, the far-right ...and more »

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

It is the strangest French presidential election that mathematician Cédric Villani can remember. “It has been like no other,” he says: “hectic, hysterical, and full of twists and turns”. With a few days left before Sunday's first round of voting, any ...and more »

How Marine Le Pen played the media - The Guardian

Like most serious political reporters, Olivier Faye, of Le Monde, professes little desire to please the people he writes about, and even less expectation that he will. This equanimity has been of particular use in his current assignment covering the ...and more »

France's best hope against a far-right takeover is an inexperienced former banker - Vox

In France, all eyes are on a dapper former banker who has never held public office as the country heads into the second round of voting on Sunday in the French presidential elections. Thirty-nine years old, with a face that looks a decade younger ...and more »

Le Pen steps up anti-immigration rhetoric ahead of French election - Financial Times

Marine Le Pen has stepped up her anti-immigration and anti-Islam rhetoric as she seeks to mobilise her far-right party's base in the final days of campaigning before the first round of voting in a knife-edge French presidential election. The National ...and more »