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French President Emmanuel Macron was elected to the Elysee Palace on May 7 on a political platform of overhauling labour regulations, social security, schools and pensions

President Macron’s Party Dominates French Parliamentary Vote

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron’s party, including untested novices, will be sweeping into the lower house of the French parliament, hogging a clear majority of seats after winning an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s elections and clinching the young leader’s hold on power.

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French Politicians Condemn Attack on Renowned Right-Winger  

PARIS (AP) — French politicians came together in condemnation after a former minister was attacked Thursday and collapsed while campaigning ahead of legislative elections this weekend. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet’s campaign team said the former environment minister under ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy was

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Unchallenged Macron Set to Sweep French Parliament

PARIS (AP) — Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections are hitting the campaign trail to try to lure voters to cast ballots next weekend after a record abstention rate in the first round and a likely sweep by President Emmanuel Macron’s new party.

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New French President Macron Seeks Parliamentary Majority

PARIS (AP) – One month after President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in power, French voters must now choose lawmakers in parliamentary elections starting Sunday that may dramatically reshape the political landscape. Here’s a look at the French system and what’s at

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One Third of French Voters Spoiled Ballots or Abstained

PARIS (AFP) – A third of French voters declined to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s presidential election, either abstaining or spoiling their ballots — a record rate in nearly half a century.

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PICS: Anti-Le Pen Riots in Paris, Police Attacked

Two police have been injured as riots erupted in Paris, after supporter and opponents of populist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen took to the streets for a May Day workers’ march.

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Le Pen Vows to Stamp out ‘Poison’ of Islamism in Final Rally Before French Election

PARIS (AP) — Right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the “poison” of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend’s vote.

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Thwarted Islamist Attack Rattles France Days Before Presidential Vote

PARIS (AP) — Extremism concerns shook France’s presidential campaign Tuesday as authorities announced arrests in what they said was a thwarted attack and candidates urged tougher counterterrorism efforts for a country already under a state of emergency.

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BBC Claims ‘Great Meme War’ Could Swing French Election for Le Pen

The BBC has run a series of online and radio segments claiming the “great meme war has travelled to France”, implying Internet jokes could swing the French election for the Front National as the broadcaster alleges they did for Trump and Brexit in the UK and U.S.

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France Election: Far-Left Melenchon Enjoys Late Poll Surge

PARIS (AP) — With a bleed-the-rich video game and anti-EU rhetoric, French far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is rattling financial markets by swelling in polls just 11 days before the presidential vote.

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French Election: More Undecided Voters than Ever Before

LA FERTÉ-SAINT-AUBIN (FRANCE) (AFP) – Having a flutter on the horses in his local bar, Eric Belouet picks his favourites without hesitation. But when it comes to France’s presidential election, he can’t make up his mind.

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Le Pen Pulling in Support Among Young Voters

Marine Le Pen is supported by a quarter of young voters in France, a poll suggests, the same proportion as her centrist, liberal rival Emmanuel Macron.

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French Election: Fillon’s Fate Hinges on Paris Rally

France’s presidential campaign is facing a potential turning point as conservative candidate Francois Fillon, facing corruption charges, holds a rally that could determine whether he stays in the race.

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Series of Defections Leaves Le Pen Rival Fillon a Lonely Figure

PARIS (AP) — The once promising presidential bid of French conservative Francois Fillon, already seriously hobbled by pending corruption charges, was coming unraveled Friday with the resignation of his campaign director and his campaign spokesman, adding momentum to a stream of defections and panicking his party.

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Le Pen Lays out Plan for French ‘Economic Patriotism’

(AP) – French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen envisions the protective hand of the state guiding a reordered economy that punishes companies that fail to serve the interests of the nation and rewards those that put France first.