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Combination of pictures showing Emmanuel Macron (in Le Touquet) and Marine Le Pen (in Henin-Beaumont) exiting polling booths. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

By tonight, we will know the name of the Fifth Republic’s eighth president. The candidates: On one side is Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old, pro-busine(...)

Supporters show their selfies with Emmanuel Macronduring a campaign visit in Rodez, France, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Donald Trump’s election may seem a strange place to begin to recount the French presidential campaign, but it was the moment when, in the words of Mar(...)

François Fillon, the defeated Les Républicains candidate in the French presidential election, whose campaign was beset by financial scandals. “Venial sins,” says a supporter. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Danielle, a bubbly Frenchwoman in her 60s, wouldn’t dream of allowing politics to spoil a convivial evening. Au contraire, the defeat of the conserva(...)

French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron speaks with employees of the Whirlpool plant in Amiens, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: 	Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron was ambushed on the campaign trail on Wednesday by far-right rival Marine Le Pen, with the rivals for (...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (right) shakes hands with Etienne Cardiles, the partner of  policeman Xavier Jugelé, who was killed in a terrorist attack  on the Champs Élysees, during a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

French presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron came under fire from both potential allies and his run-off rival Marine Le Pen on Tuesday for acting as (...)

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off for the French presidency, according to projections, after a land(...)

French presidential election candidates:  Francois Fillon of  the right-wing Les Republicans (LR) party;  Marine Le Pen   of the far-right Front National (FN) party; Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! movement; and  Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the  far left coalition La France Insoumise. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

WHAT DO THE POLLS SAY? Support for the front-runners, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, eroded towards the end of the campaign, while Francois Fillo(...)

In one sense the underlying theme, the leitmotif, of the French presidential election has remained unchanged for the last couple of years: it is – and(...)

Lilian Thuram holds up the Euro 2000 trophy two years after  he and his team-mates won the  World Cup for France, a victory that was portrayed in the media as white, black and brown Frenchmen coming together to conquer the world. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

It’s typical of France’s attitude to sport that a recent documentary looking at 20 years of the French national team contains almost nothing about foo(...)

Martin Schulz: his SPD party is neck and neck with Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

What difference would it make if Martin Schulz were to become German chancellor? How would a President Emmanuel Macron change France? These are two of(...)

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