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Macron, Le Pen set for French election run-off

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Macron tops Sunday s first round with 23 9 of votes slightly ahead of National Front FN leader Le Pen with 21 4 according to near final results from the interior ministry

LE PEN AND MACRON. Emmanuel Macron photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP. Marine Le Pen photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

France votes in high-stakes presidential election

Apr 23, 2017 - 2:12 PM

UPDATED Far right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the frontrunners to progress to a run off on May 7 but the result is too close to call in a deeply divided country

FRANCE VOTES. A man casts his ballot at a polling station on April 22, 2017 in Remire Montjoly, French Guiana during the first round of the French presidential election. Jody Amiet/AFP

French election: what you need to know

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Nearly 47 million voters are set to go to the polls with 11 candidates vying for president

IN THE RUNNING. The eleven candidates for the French presidential election attend a debate on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

France on edge as presidential vote looms

Apr 23, 2017 - 4:50 AM

France goes to the polls on Sunday April 23 in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union

FRENCH VOTE. People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Photo by Valery Hache/Rappler

In or out? EU is hot-button issue in French vote

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:23 PM

None of the 4 main candidates can afford to be neutral on the EU whether they portray it as the source of all woes or a guarantee of peace and stability

FRENCH ELECTION. A man puts the final touche on a giant figure depicting right-wing presidential candidates Francois Fillon (C) next to others depicting far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) and centrist independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, on January 27, 2017 in Nice, southeastern France, during the preparation of the 133rd Nice Carnival. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

France's Le Pen hardens tone as campaign clock ticks down

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Marine Le Pen has spent years trying to broaden support for her National Front party but she signals a return to the core concerns of many of her supporters in recent speeches

MARINE LE PEN. President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during a press conference on November 9, 2016 at the party headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

France arrests two over attack plot days before vote

Apr 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED The foiled plot sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign could be a target for extremists ahead of Sunday s April 23 vote the country s most unpredictable election in decades

FRENCH PRESIDENT. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

French presidential hopefuls battle for votes with a week to go

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The French go to the polls on April 23 to choose two candidates from a field of 11 who will go head to head in a run off

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP/File

Far-left Melenchon's surge shakes up French presidential race

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:41 AM

After strong performances in two televised debates several new surveys this weekend show him climbing to third position with 18 19 of voters saying they would vote for him

THIRD PLACE - AND RISING. Jean-Luc Melenchon in an undated campaign photo. Photo from Melenchon's Facebook page

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The televised debate was at times chaotic and often dominated by the anti capitalist and virulently anti EU smaller candidates who made their first major appearance ahead of the first round vote

LE GRAND DEBAT. The 11 candidates for the French presidential election attend a debate, presented by French TV hosts Ruth Elkrief and Laurence Ferrari and organised by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/AFP

Wife of France's Fillon also charged in fake jobs affair

Mar 29, 2017 - 8:25 AM

The new blow comes less than 4 weeks before French voters go to the polls in a two stage election on April 23 and May 7

THE FILLONS. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C), with his wife Penelope Fillon (R), arrives for a debate organised by French private TV channel TF1 on March 20, 2017 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. Patrick Kovarik/Pool/AFP

Francois Fillon: 'Clean' image spoiled but still in race

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:05 PM

With scandals left and right Francois Fillon s early frontrunner status is now diminished Some commentators wonder whether he has lost the moral authority to carry out his key campaign pledge

Francois Fillon, candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election poses for a photo session in Paris on November 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

France's Le Pen attacked as Macron passes first debate test

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:32 AM

UPDATED Marine Le Pen s hardline stance on security and the place of Islam in France come under attack from her fellow presidential hopefuls

TOP BETS. French presidential election candidates (L-R) Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Marine Le Pen, and Benoit Hamon pose before a debate organised by the French private TV channel TF1 on March 20, 2017 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. Eliot Blondet/Pool/AFP

French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:01 PM

UPDATED Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen are expected to come under attack in the first of 3 debates

SEAT OF POWER. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, October 5, 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP

France's Fillon charged over 'fake jobs' scandal

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED Fillon had been expected to go before investigating magistrates on Wednesday over the scandal which has undermined his campaign for the presidency

FILLON. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C) gestures as supporters applaud him on stage during a rally at the place du Trocadero, in Paris, on March 5, 2017. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

New poll shows France's Macron leading in first round

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Macron s lead comes as a growing list of backers from both the left and the center throw their support behind the 39 year old former economy minister who is trying to upend France s traditional politics

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche movement Emmanuel Macron gestures as speaks during an event organized by the collective 'Elles Marchent' (They Walk in feminine in French), during International Women's Day on March 8, 2017, in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

New revelation hits France's scandal-plagued Fillon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:53 AM

The conservative candidate did not deem it necessary to report the 50 000 euros 53 000 loan he received from Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere in 2013 to a state transparency watchdog the Canard Enchaine weekly reports

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waves after delivering a speech during a campaign meeting in Orleans, central France, on March 7, 2017. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Ex-PM Juppe rules himself out of French presidency

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:34 PM

I confirm for a final time that I will not be a candidate to be president of the republic Alain Juppe tells a news conference in his hometown Bordeaux

ALAIN JUPPE. Bordeaux' mayor Alain Juppe looks on during a press conference on March 6, 2017 at the City Hall in the western French city of Bordeaux. Photo by Georges Gobet/ AFP

Defiant Fillon says 'no one' can stop France election bid

Mar 06, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The conservative candidate is in a defiant mood after holding a rally in Paris attended by tens of thousands of flag waving supporters

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C) gestures as supporters applaud him on stage during a rally at the place du Trocadero, in Paris, on March 5, 2017. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Fillon's wife breaks silence over 'fake jobs' scandal

Mar 05, 2017 - 6:54 PM

Penelope Fillon tells Le Journal du Dimanche she had carried out a lot of different tasks for her husband during his lengthy political career

France's Fillon to talk politics amid scandal

Mar 04, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Fillon tries to wrest back control of his campaign by setting out his policies on Saturday March 4 before holding a rally on Sunday March 5 near the Eiffel Tower

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon looks on as he visits the Paris' International Agriculture Fair on March 1, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Fillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:09 AM

The Fillons woes are the latest twist in an extraordinary presidential campaign that has repeatedly wrong footed observers ahead of the two stage contest on April 23 and May 7

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon looks on as he visits the Paris' International Agriculture Fair on March 1, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Feb 28, 2017 - 11:13 AM

This isn t America s bitter presidential election campaign last year but France s in 2017

CARNIVAL. In this photo, a man puts the final touches on a giant figure depicting right-wing presidential candidates Francois Fillon (C), Marine Le Pen (L), and Emmanuel Macron (R), on January 27, 2017 in Nice, southeastern France, during the preparation of the 133rd Nice Carnival. Valery Hache/AFP

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Marine Le Pen s attack echoes US President Donald Trump s confrontation with journalists

French presidential election candidate for the 'En Marche' movement Emmanuel Macron waves during a meeting in Saint-Priest-Taurion, central France, on February 25, 2017. Pascal Lachenaud/AFP

Yes, Marine Le Pen could win in France

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Politicians and commentators believe the same forces that led to the Brexit vote in Britain and Donald Trump s victory in the United States could carry Le Pen to power

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pen speaks during a public rally on February 24, 2017 in Pierrelatte, central eastern France. Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

Magistrates to probe France's Fillon over 'fake jobs'

Feb 25, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon dismisses the claims as politically motivated

French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon smiles as he delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016, at his campaign headquarters in Paris. AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Le Pen aide charged as France's Macron wins key ally

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

An aide to far right candidate Marine Le Pen is charged in a fake jobs scandal while Emmanuel Macron gets support of centrist veteran Francois Bayrou

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen gestures as she speaks during a public meeting, on February 17, 2017, in Clairvaux-les-Lacs, central eastern France. Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/ AFP

France's Fillon tries to revive scandal-hit campaign

Feb 07, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Francois Fillon is to meet lawmakers from his Republicans party and then attend a campaign event as he seeks to get his campaign back on track

French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon smiles as he delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016, at his campaign headquarters in Paris. AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Le Pen awaits her chance in roller-coaster French race

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Europe s shift to the right the victory of Brexit in Britain and Donald Trump s ability to win over American voters form the backdrop to a contest being watched closely around the world

Head of the far-right party FN and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) smiles as she arrives to visit the Salon des Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurship fair) in Paris on February 1, 2017. Eric Piermont/AFP

France's under-fire Fillon fights new fake jobs claims

Feb 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The allegations Francois Fillon gave his family highly paid fake jobs is threatening to derail his bid to become French president later this year

BATTLING CONTROVERSY. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon attends a debate organized by the EBG (Electronic Business Group) on January 31, 2017, in Paris. Thomas Samson/AFP

French Socialists nominate leftwinger Hamon for president

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Benoit Hamon s triumph is another upset in the French poll race with the former education minister and son of a dockworker viewed as an outsider only 3 weeks ago

Benoit Hamon (R) smiles next to Manuel Valls (L) as French Socialist Party (PS) leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis (C) holds their hands following the announcement of the results of the second round of the left primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, at the Solferino Party Socialist's headquarters in Paris on January 29, 2017. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Ex-PM Valls fights outsider for French presidential nod

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Whoever wins the nomination faces long odds in the presidential race

Former prime minister and candidate for the left-wing primaries, Manuel Valls speaks following the first round of the left-wing primary for the 2017 French presidential election, on January 22, 2017 at the Latin American House in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

French Socialists seek relevance in Socialist primary

Jan 22, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls fighting for relevance as the country veers to the right

Candidates for the French left's presidential primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election (from L) Francois de Rugy, Manuel Valls, Arnaud Montebourg, Sylvia Pinel, Benoit Hamon, Vincent Peillon and Jean-Luc Bennahmias take part in a final televised debate in Saint-Cloud on January 19, 2017. Eric Feferberg/Pool/AFP

French leftwing field wide open after Hollande bows out

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED French President Francois Hollande says he would not seek re election next April bowing to historic low approval ratings

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the plenary session of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

Conservative Fillon wins French presidential primary

Nov 28, 2016 - 6:11 AM

UPDATED Francois Fillon will now become a favorite to be France s next leader after winning the US style primary to pick the nominee of the Republicans party and its allies

French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon smiles as he delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016, at his campaign headquarters in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Fillon the favorite as French right picks presidential nominee

Nov 27, 2016 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED The French presidential vote is seen as a key test for mainstream political parties after the success of Donald Trump in the United States and the Brexit campaign in Britain

Francois Fillon, candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of the French 2017 presidential election, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Paris, on November 25, 2016, ahead of the primary's second round on November 27. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy is beaten into third place after a stunning upset by Francois Fillon who served as his prime minister with the veteran Alain Juppe finishing second

OUT. Former French President and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after the vote's first round, on November 20, 2016 in Paris. Ian Langsdon/Pool/AFP

3-way race as French right holds presidential primary

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The US style primary is the first such contest by the French right organized partly in response to the rise of the far right National Front FN

People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Valery Hache/AFP

Sarkozy calls for re-vote in French right showdown

Nov 27, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy called Monday November 26 for a fresh vote to resolve the bitter leadership battle that has left France s main right wing opposition party the UMP on the verge of collapse