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Brief security alert in Louvre plaza as France votes


Brief security alert in Louvre plaza as France votes

A police source said the area was cordoned off and searched by a police team “simply to banish any doubts.” Several hundred journalists who have been accredited for the post-election rally were asked to briefly move away from the site. The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, is situated on the banks of the River Seine in the heart of Paris.

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Macron favorite in opinion polls as France elects new president


Emmanuel Macron

After a tumultuous election campaign filled with scandal and surprises, the French public began to vote on Sunday on whether a pro-European Union centrist or an anti-EU, anti-immigration far-rightist will lead them for the next five years.

Opinion polls indicate they will pick Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister who wants to bridge the left-right divide, resisting an anti-establishment tide that has seen Britons vote to leave the EU and Americans choose Donald Trump as U.S. president.

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Emmanuel Macron, political upstart who may become French president


Emmanuel Macron, political upstart who may become French president

French centrist Emmanuel Macron has already achieved an immense task: A former outsider with little political experience, he is now the front-runner in France's presidential race, banking on a promise to revive the country through radical pro-business measures and pro-European policies.

And the 39-year-old independent held his own against his more-experienced far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a bruising debate this week _ just the boost Macron needed for Sunday's presidential runoff. 

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Emmanuel Macron ahead in polls, but Marine Le Pen still a force


Emmanuel Macron ahead in polls, but Marine Le Pen still a force

Opinion polls over the past two weeks have consistently suggested Emmanuel Macron is about 20 points ahead of his rival, but in an era of political upsets and growing populism, many are unwilling to write off Marine Le Pen.

It has been one of the most exciting, unpredictable election campaigns in decades.

Within hours we'll find out whether the French presidential election has any more surprises in store.

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French mainstream parties face crisis in upcoming parliamentary poll


French mainstream parties face crisis in upcoming parliamentary poll

France's Socialists and Republicans face the threat of large-scale defections after Sunday's presidential election. With both parties' candidates eliminated from the deciding round and parliamentary elections set to follow, the mainstream-right Republicans have threatened to expel any candidates who join Marine Le Pen's National Front (FN) and Emmanuel Macron's En Marche ! (Let's Go!).

Any Republicans candidate in this year's legislative elections who makes approaches to the FN or Macron will be expelled, election campaign organiser François Baroin declared.

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Emmanuel Macron appears topless on cover of Garçon magazine


 Emmanuel Macron appears topless on cover of Garçon magazine

French presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron has appeared topless on the cover of a gay magazine.

Garçon, a bi-monthly gay publication in France, chose the liberal politician as its cover star ahead of this Sunday’s final presidential poll.

The cover image comes with the tagline: “Coming out: a necessary fight”.

However the publication has come under fire for the cover.

Some have claimed it is demeaning and insulting to the politician, who has been subjected to false rumours about his sexuality during the campaign.

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French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on unemployment, security


French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on unemployment, security

A week before a decisive second round in France's presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

The Ifop survey for the Journal du Dimanche highlights two key battlegrounds as centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen enter a final week of campaigning, expected to focus on France's economy and borders.

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EU Parliament says Marine Le Pen fake jobs cost 5 mn euros


Marine Le Pen fake jobs

The European Parliament now believes the fake jobs scandal involving French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s National Front (FN) party has cost the institutions nearly five million euros ($5.5 million), a source in the French probe said today.

The cost of the scandal, which involves the employment of assistants and a bodyguard, has risen to 4,978,122 euros after “new information” was discovered, the source said.

The previous cost was estimated at 1.9 million euros.

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Emmanuel Macron finally wakes up in a factory car park in northern France


Emmanuel Macron has been accused of being asleep since his victory in the first round of the presidential election last Sunday night. On Wednesday he sleep walked into a perfect PR trap laid by his vastly more experienced rival Marine Le Pen. And he finally woke up with a jolt.

While Macron was meeting union representatives of workers at the doomed Whirlpool factory Amiens in the Chamber of Commerce, Le Pen saw an opportunity she could not refuse.

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Outgoing President Hollande urges people to vote Macron


Outgoing President Hollande urges people to vote Macron

France’s outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the runoff represented a “risk” for France. Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National Front, go head-to-head on May 7 after taking the top two places in Sunday’s first round.

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