French elections

Emmanuel Macron unveils gender-balanced cabinet
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Emmanuel Macron unveils gender-balanced cabinet

Half of French President's appointees are women, but biggest portfolios go to men
18 May 2017
Macron's first day: Challenges ahead for 'young pretender'
Emmanuel Macron inauguration
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Macron's first day: Challenges ahead for 'young pretender'

French President's plans to transform the country could flounder if he doesn't find political allies
15 May 2017
Macron beats Le Pen in landslide victory
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Macron beats Le Pen in landslide victory

Europe 'breathes sigh of relief' as far-right is defeated, but new president must lead a deeply divided France
8 May 2017
French election 2017: How does the voting system work?
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French election 2017: How does the voting system work?

As France prepares to choose its next president, The Week reviews the merits of its two-round voting system
4 May 2017
Macron vs Le Pen: Where do they stand on key issues?
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Daily Briefing

Macron vs Le Pen: Where do they stand on key issues?

As France prepares to choose its next president, here are the key differences between the two candidates
3 May 2017
Paris May Day descends into violence in election run-up
Paris May Day rally
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Paris May Day descends into violence in election run-up

Six police officers injured following confrontation with 150 'professional vandals' armed with Molotov cocktails
2 May 2017
'Macron rally' pushes shares to record high
Emmanuel Macron
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'Macron rally' pushes shares to record high

Experts divided on how sustainable the boost to market sentiment will prove to be
25 Apr 2017

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Marine Le Pen separates herself from Front National
Leader of French far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen
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Marine Le Pen separates herself from Front National

French presidential candidate temporarily distances herself from far-right party as campaigning for second-round of voting begins
25 Apr 2017
French election: Macron on course to become president
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French election: Macron on course to become president

Outsider tipped to beat Marine Le Pen in battle for France's political soul
24 Apr 2017
French election: Who is Emmanuel Macron and can he win?
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In Depth

French election: Who is Emmanuel Macron and can he win?

The leader of the En Marche! political movement is now poised as France's next president
24 Apr 2017
French election: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off
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French election: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

Centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron will go head-to-head with far-right leader Marine Le Pen
24 Apr 2017
French election 2017: Who are the candidates?
France presidential candidates
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French election 2017: Who are the candidates?

As the candidates meet tonight for a televised debate, we look at the main players and what they stand for
4 Apr 2017
French elections: Francois Fillon vows to remain in race
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French elections: Francois Fillon vows to remain in race

Republican presidential candidate 'throws down the gauntlet' to party leaders at mass rally in Paris
6 Mar 2017
French elections: Marine Le Pen's immunity lifted
Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen
In Depth

French elections: Marine Le Pen's immunity lifted

European parliament takes vote on National Front leader's tweets of Islamic State violence
3 Mar 2017
Marine Le Pen launches French presidency bid
Leader of French far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen
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Marine Le Pen launches French presidency bid

Far-right candidate attacks radical Islam and globalisation during campaign rally in Lyon
6 Feb 2017
French elections: Francois Fillon wins conservative primary
Candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election and former French prime minister, Francois Fillon (C) speaks to the press during a v
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French elections: Francois Fillon wins conservative primary

Centre-right candidate expected to face National Front leader Marine Le Pen in next year's presidential campaign
28 Nov 2016
French far-right party defeated in regional runoff elections
Leader of French far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen
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French far-right party defeated in regional runoff elections

Ruling Socialists withdraw candidates to help defeat Front National
14 Dec 2015
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