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France's two big parties face long-term decline - POLITICO.eu

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 »

Macron Wants to Change France. But Will Voters Elect an Unknown? - New York Times

BAGNÈRES-DE-BIGORRE, France — In the final days before France's presidential election on Sunday, Emmanuel Macron was tramping through the snow high in the mountains near the Spanish border for a critical campaign stop near this tiny village where ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

French-election fears unite scientists in defence of liberal democracy - Nature.com

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters. 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 ...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 »

How Marine Le Pen played the media - The Guardian

For years, she has accused French journalists of bias against her family and her party. Yet Marine Le Pen has managed to lead the far-right Front National into the political mainstream – and she couldn't have done it without the press. by Scott Sayare.and more »