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 Former French prime minister Manuel Valls with   poll-leading presidential candidate  Emmanuel Macron  during the Bastille Day Parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris, France, 14 July 2016. Photograph:  Thibault Camus/EPA

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election, the biggest Socialist Part(...)

French presidential candidates François Fillon (Les Républicains),  Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!),  Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France Insoumise),  Marine Le Pen (Front National)  and  Benoît Hamon (French Socialist party). Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

The first debate of the French presidential election campaign was widely considered the real beginning of the contest, with just over one month until(...)

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement  Emmanuel Macron  ahead of a wide-ranging televised debate that went on until well after midnight. Photograph:  Eliot Blondet/AFP/Getty Images

The French presidential election debate that took place on Monday night was a test of the endurance of the five leading candidates, who remained stand(...)

 Former French prime ministers Alain Juppé and  Francois Fillon: Juppé is supporting Fillon’s French presidential bid. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Former prime minister Alain Juppé on Friday threw his support behind François Fillon’s French presidential bid, hoping to heal party divisions days af(...)

Campaign posters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

In more than 20 years as a pollster, Frédéric Dabi, the director of Ifop, France’s oldest polling company, says he has never seen anything as “unthink(...)

Marine Le Pen (left) of the French far-right Front National  party  speaks at a gathering hosted by small businesses group Ethic. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

If she becomes president of France on May 7th, Marine Le Pen leaves open the tinest possibility she might negotiate continued EU membership. But takin(...)

The Liberal party of the  prime minister, Mark Rutte plans to cut welfare payments, according to CPB analysis. Photograph: Epa/Julien Warnand

While political parties in Ireland may publish individual policy papers between elections, parties wait until the election is underway to release thei(...)

French presidential  candidate  Marine Le Pen saluted Trump’s “realism and determination to change things”. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for France’s extreme right-wing Front National, attempted to burnish her diplomatic credentials this week w(...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: media are critical of his “vagueness”. Photograph: Eddy Lemaistre/EPA

Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former economy minister, presidential adviser and Rothschild banker, is meant to be the providential man who will sl(...)

France’s presidential race: Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty

With 10 weeks until the first round of the French presidential election, government parties – the conservative Les Républicains and the Parti Socialis(...)

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