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With populists failing to break through this year, and Warsaws ally, the UK, set to leave the EU, Poland may feel a little isolated Emmanuel Macrons election victory in France may have put some magic in the air in Berlin, but in Poland his triumph has poisoned the atmosphere, creating fears that his integrationist agenda […]

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With existential threat posed by French election averted, EU leaders more assured and see opportunity to reset project Europe When Emmanuel Macron walked across the courtyard of the Louvre on Sunday evening to the rousing finale of Beethovens Ode to Joy, the EU anthem, few doubted it was a win not only for his untested […]

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Leave.EU, pressure group set up by Nigel Farage before referendum, tweets that French people had rolled over like they did in 1940 A Brexit campaign group poured scorn on France and Emmanuel Macron after the centrist newcomer Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit pressure group set up by Nigel Farage for last years referendum, tweeted that the French […]

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Polling takes place against background of hacking that is clearly an attempt at democratic destabilisation Voting is underway in the final round of Frances presidential race after a warned that it could be a criminal offence to publish the tens of thousands of hacked emails and other documents some reportedly fake amid an electioneering blackout […]

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Marine Le Pens presence in the final round has pushed Islam and national identity to the top of the election agenda In her apartment in a northern suburb of Paris, Hanane Charrihi looked at a photograph of her mother Fatima. Her death shows that we need tolerance more than ever, she said. Tolerance does exist […]

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After strong performances in two debates, several new surveys show the Communist-backed candidates popularity surging The French Communist-backed presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is closing in on the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, according to new polls. A rally held by Melenchon drew tens of thousands of supporters on Sunday, underlining his surging popularity […]

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The movements failure to unite behind one candidate will be costly This weekend is billed as the final round in the battle of Frances bitterly, almost fatally, divided left. Two big weekend rallies pit Emmanuel Macron, who refused to take part in the PS primary process. The latest, Anne Hidalgo, and Socialist ministers past and […]

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Leftists in todays presidential primaries hope to end far rights appeal In the centre of Trappes, in Pariss western suburbs, a group of young men are handing out flyers urging locals to vote for Benot Hamon. Neither the name nor the face is familiar in Britain, but that could well be about to change today. […]

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Former prime ministers Franois Fillon and Alain Jupp face second vote on 27 November, after Nicolas Sarkozy suffers humiliating rejection Former French president Nicolas Sarkozys political career has been effectively ended, after he was dealt a humiliating defeat on Sunday by his former prime minister Alain Jupp, the mayor of Bordeaux who was prime minister […]

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