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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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German president warns French citizens against voting for Le Pen at election


German president warns French citizens against voting for Le Pen at election

Steinmeier has warned on Saturday the French citizens against supporting Le Pen at the presidential election, who vows to renegotiation the pillars of the EU system, quit the Schengen zone and restore national borders.

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Terror response divides voters in Nice


La réponse de la terreur divise les électeurs à Nice,Terror response divides voters in Nice

A political outsider appears likely to claim victory in one of France's most closely watched presidential elections, after a campaign that has focused on tackling terrorism and opposing approaches to immigration.

Opinion polls in France are tightening with just a week before the first round of voting in the presidential election.

Two political outsiders, the National Front's Marine Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, are leading ahead of the vote on April 23.

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Macron takes aim at ‘extreme right’ Marine Le Pen


Macron vise à l'extrême droite Le Pen,Macron takes aim at ‘extreme right’ Le Pen

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Monday described rival Marine Le Pen as “the true face of the extreme right” for playing down France’s role in rounding up Jews for deportation during World War II, Le Figaro reported.

In response to Le Pen’s comments on Sunday, when she said France was “not responsible” for rounding up 13,000 Jews at a Paris stadium, Macron said: “Marine Le Pen is truly the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen,” the former leader of the National Front who used anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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Marine Le Pen denies France rounded up Jews


Marine Le Pen nie que la France arrête les Juifs,Marine Le Pen denies France rounded up Jews

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen denied on Sunday that the French state was responsible for the wartime round-up of Jews at a Paris cycling track who were then sent to Nazi death camps, AFP reports.

Former President Jacques Chirac and current President Francois Hollande have both apologized for the role French police played in the round-up of more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d'Hiv cycling track which was ordered by Nazi officers in 1942.

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Mélenchon gains four points as race tightens at the top


Mélenchon gains four points as race tightens at the top

With just two weeks left for the first round of voting in the French presidential election, several opinion polls show a neck-and-neck race between the top four candidates.

While far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon continues to make impressive gains, the top two, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, have seen their ratings shrink.

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Marine Le Pen rally in Corsica moved following violent clashes in Ajaccio


Marine Le Pen rally in Corsica moved following violent clashes in Ajaccio

Violent clashes broke out both inside and outside a venue in the Corsican city of Ajaccio that was supposed to hold a rally by French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

According to French television BFM TV, Corsican nationalists arrived at Le Pen's rally on Saturday and clashed with her far-right supporters before being evacuated by security. The disturbance delayed the start of Le Pen's program by an hour after it was moved to another venue.

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Voters think media is against Marine Le Pen


Marine Le Pen

A survey by the French Think Tank Fondapol, which was conducted in March, said 55 per cent of French people think that the media treats Ms Pen in a negative light. 

This compares to just 19 per cent of people who think that the media treats Ms Le Pen’s main rival the leader of En Marche!, Emmanuel Macron, negatively. 

The survey has revealed that only 15 per cent of people believe that the media treats the FN leader positively, which compares to 46 per cent of people who think that Mr Macron is treated favourably. 

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