Macron and En Marche expect big win in French parliamentary elections

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Despite low voter turnout Frances newest political party is predicted to take up to 80% of seats in major shift for republic France has begun voting in parliamentary elections which are expected to hand Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority, a second triumph for him after his presidential victory and one which should allow him to […]

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Brexit campaign group insults Macron after presidential win

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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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Voting begins in final round of French presidential election

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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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‘We don’t want you here’ – Muslims fearful as France prepares to vote

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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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Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon shakes up France’s presidential race

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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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French presidential debate: Le Pen comes under fire from rivals

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Emmanuel Macron, the Front National leaders main rival in the contest, was subdued until Le Pen attacked him Frances main presidential candidates rounded on the far-right Front Nationals Marine Le Pen in the first televised debate on Monday night, with the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron accusing her of lying and seeking to divide the country. […]

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MEPs revoke Marine Le Pen’s immunity over violent Isis images

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Committee waives protection, paving way for French prosecution of Front National leader after she tweeted pictures of killings MEPs have voted to lift a separate investigation into her alleged misuse of EU funds. The European parliament and French authorities have launched inquiries after allegations that FN workers had fake jobs paid from EU funds. ordered […]

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Surging stock markets say Trump isa conman and May a phoney | Andrew Rawnsley

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Markets are betting that they wont address the economic grievances that propelled both of them to power So you thought 2016 was an unpredictable bastard. Now meet 2017, his wilder sister. This is the year that Supreme Court will deliver later this month. But Article 50 is going to be triggered in the next 12 […]

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Europes leaders to force Britain into hard Brexit

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Fears grow about impact of populist surge as Nigel Farage predicts Marine Le Pen could win French presidential election European leaders have come to a 27-nation consensus that a hard Brexit is likely to be the only way to see off future populist insurgencies, which could lead to the break-up of the European Union. The […]

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Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo, Geert Wilders, Frauke Petry: has their big moment arrived?

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With elections due across Europe and a referendum in Italy, the establishment fears political tremors Dogged by the migration crisis and the traumatic business of Brexit to name just two current, existential challenges to their project those who run the European Union felt they had enough on their plates before Donald Trump seized the White […]

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