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IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves


IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves

International Monetary Fund members on Saturday dropped a pledge to fight protectionism amid a split over trade policy and turned their attention to another looming threat to global economic integration: the first round of France's presidential election.

Concerns that far-right leader Marine Le Pen and far-left rival Jean-Luc Mélenchon, both critics of the European Union, could top the field in Sunday's vote added to nervousness over U.S. trade policy at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings.

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France can't ensure security staff at every polling station during Sunday vote


Security staff French presidential election  polling station

The first round of the French presidential election is scheduled for Sunday, while the run-off between the top two contenders will take place on May 7.

"Indeed, not every polling station will have a police officer, a Gendarme or a soldier present," Le Foll said during a briefing.

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France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections


France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday, authorities said."These two radicalised men ...

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Francois Fillon believes he'll ddvance Into 2nd round of French presidential election


Francois Fillon believes he'll ddvance Into 2nd round of French presidential election

France's The Republicans' candidate Francois Fillon believes he will make it into the second round of presidential election.

"I have a form of serenity that surprises even myself. I know that I will be in the second round. I have this deep conviction," Fillon said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche magazine, published on Sunday.

Speaking about what kind of president he would be if elected, Fillon pointed out that he would be "a president of national recovery."

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Over 50,000 police to ensure security at French presidential election:Matthias Fekl


Over 50,000 police to ensure security at French presidential election:Matthias Fekl

More than 50,000 police workers will be helping to ensure security on the day of French presidential election.

According to the magazine, the minister added that the military troops, engaged in Operation Sentinelle, would also be present.

"No threat is ruled out… In terms of security, over 50,000 police personnel will be enlisted," Fekl reportedly said on Saturday, when asked if he feared a possible attack on the day of the vote.

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Mélenchon puts left in contention as French election becomes too close to call


Mélenchon puts left in contention as French election becomes too close to call

Will the real Jean-Luc Mélenchon stand up? On Tuesday, Mélenchon, the rising star of the French presidential election, will appear in the eastern city of Dijon. Simultaneously a 3D hologram of the veteran hard-left politician will be beamed to six other French cities. He may not literally be there, but just days from France’s heavily contested leadership vote “JLM” will be attempting to show that his programme has more substance than his ethereal appearance might suggest.

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Macron to win 1st round of French presidential election


Macron remporte le 1er tour de l'élection présidentielle française,Macron to win 1st round of French presidential election

French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is projected to win the first round of presidential election with 25 percent of votes, while the National Front party leader Marine Le Pen is set to receive 24 percent

The voting intention figures both for Macron and Le Pen dropped by 1 percent, compared to the last week's survey.

The chances of The Republicans' party nominee Francois Fillon rose by 2 percent to 19 percent.

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French centrist candidate Macron meets Sarkozy ally Estrosi


Le candidat centriste français Macron rencontre Sarkozy ally Estrosi,French centrist candidate Macron meets Sarkozy ally Estrosi

Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist candidate who is favorite to win the French presidential election, held a meeting with French conservative and security hardliner Christian Estrosi on Saturday during a visit to Marseille.

Macron has said he wants to bridge the right-left divide.

Estrosi is from a wing of French conservative politics that is far to the right of the Socialist government under which the 39 year-old Macron served as economy minister until last year.

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Francois Hollande says Brexit ‘will be painful for the British’


Francois Hollande says Brexit ‘will be painful for the British’

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday Brexit will be “economically painful” for Britain, after London formally launched the process to quit the European Union. The move will “force Europe to go forward, undoubtedly with different speeds”, he said during a visit to Indonesia, the final stop on the last major international tour of his term in office.

Describing the procedure to exit the EU as “irreversible”, Hollande stressed that it could not go beyond two years.

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Top French presidential candidates in TV debate


Top French presidential candidates in TV debate

The top candidates in France’s volatile presidential election went head-to-head in a televised debate yesterday as polls show centrist Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen pulling away from the pack five weeks before the first round.

Macron, Le Pen and the three other leading candidates took part in a nearly three-hour debate on the main private channel that started at 9pm (2000 GMT, 11pm Qatar time) yesterday and expected to be watched by millions.

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