With many French politicians preferring that it remain part of France, Macron’s handling of the referendum process and its outcome remains to be seen.
A poll suggested that some 52% of the far-left Melenchon supporters would back Macron in the run-off, 36% would abstain and only 12% would vote for Le Pen.
Centrist, party-less, with a political movement that is just about a year old, Emmanuel Macron is on the brink of becoming France’s youngest-ever president. Sunday’s first round saw him emerge as one of the two frontrunners with 23.9% of the vote against the extreme right candidate Marine Le […]
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as France votes on Sunday here is a timeline of the main events that have seen veteran politicians drop out of the election race one after the other.
Europe has had a number of important elections over the past year, but for the EU none is as significant – or as potentially grave – as France’s upcoming presidential election.
The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in decades.
The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with “pro-Russian” forces in the West. In France’s upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
With millions of French voters still undecided or planning to abstain, the vote is the most unpredictable in France in decades.
Both Le Pen and Macron’s support dipped by half a point from Tuesday while conservative Francois Fillon was stable on 19% and Melenchon unchanged on 18.5%.
British-born Penelope Fillon will be investigated on suspicion of complicity in misappropriating public funds and several related offences, a judicial source said.
EU leaders will breathe a sigh of relief after the centre-right saw off the populist threat.
At a summit in Brussels, 27 leaders handed guidelines to their staff to prepare a solemn declaration of unity which they will all sign in Rome on the bloc’s 60th birthday.
Le Pen, who leads the anti-European Union, anti-immigration National Front, faced strong criticism of her policies on Thursday from International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, a former French economy minister.
“The Republicans are united around Francois Fillon,” Senate leader Gerard Larcher told reporters, after telling fellow party officials behind closed doors: “The debate is over”.
The legal affairs committee’s decision will have to be backed by the whole parliament in a second vote, possibly this week.
The centre-right candidate’s camp has called the fake work scandal a left-wing conspiracy, declaring, “Enough is enough”.
Abdullah Reda al-Hamahmy was shot several times on Friday after attacking soldiers in what President Hollande described as a terrorist attack.
Security sources in Cairo identified the man as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy who was born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo.
Socialist rebel Benoit Hamon and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls are in the fray to become the Left’s nominees for the presidential election that is scheduled for spring.
India’s foreign policy cannot be centred around personalities any more.
Dozens of countries asked Israel and Palestine to restate their commitment to a two-state solution and also referenced Trump’s plans for Israel.
Merkel, Europe’s longest-serving leader, has looked like the one safe bet in the region as angry voters have taken down leaders in Britain, Italy and France. But the Berlin market attack is a reminder that even she is vulnerable to events on the ground.
“I want to fight, in this campaign, against the right,” Valls said. “With its old recipes from the ’80s, it is proposing social regression.”
The surprise announcement marks the first time since France’s fifth Republic was created in 1958 that an incumbent president has not sought a second mandate.
Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections have put into question the accuracy of surveys predicting French polls.
France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was spectacularly thrown out of the race for the French presidency and talked of possible withdrawal from politics.
Juppe has this week been losing some ground to his chief rival, former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and another ex-prime minister, Francois Fillon.
Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour for his efforts to tackle climate change, and he helped push the climate agreement as well.
The alliance led by India is on its way to becoming an intergovernmental treaty-based organisation.
According to opinion polls, the presidential election campaign has jolted into life, with Macron likely to further fragment the already divided left-wing vote.
Some European leaders offered uncharacteristically blunt assessments of his fitness to be a party nominee, and their preferred electoral outcome.
Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people, and the smaller Syrian city of Raqqa are the two pillars of ISIS’s self-declared caliphate, and recapturing them would be a pivotal defeat for the ultra-hardline Sunni jihadists.
The migrants are being moved to 450 centres across France, whereas many migrants hoped to reach Britain to start a new life.
Merkel and Hollande will discuss the talks at an EU summit meeting, with the bloc due to consider whether to impose new sanctions on Russians over the bombing of Aleppo.
The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn’t do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.
EU leaders are expected to focus on bolstering security at the EU’s external borders and boosting the capacity of an EU investment fund meant to generate growth and jobs.
Violent protests raged in at least nine neighborhoods of the capital Libreville over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election and his main rival’s accusation that the vote was rigged.
Consensus will be a tall order in the coming days for the EU as they grapple with the same issues: refugees crisis, a fragile economy and Brexit.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the debate on the burkini was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a “backwards, deadly Islamism”.