If Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidency, as polls predict, it could open the door to more ambitious reforms of the French economy and an elusive compromise with Germany on overhauling the troubled euro zone.
The killing of a policeman by a suspected ISIS militant pushed national security to the top of French political agenda, with leading candidates clashing over how to keep citizens safe two days before the presidential election.
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.
France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was spectacularly thrown out of the race for the French presidency and talked of possible withdrawal from politics.
In his book, Everything for France, Sarkozy courts National Front voters with a promise to limit the right to French nationality of children born to immigrants.