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May 6, 2017 8:21 AM Can Marine Le Pen Close the French Election Gap?

Polls see the National Front candidate falling short of the mark Marine Le Pen must capture large blocs of voters who supported candidates eliminated in the first round of France’s presidential elections to stand a chance of winning the May 7 runoff against Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European Union centrist. The far-right National Front candidate garnered 70

May 5, 2017 9:24 PM France’s Presidential Election Splinters the Country’s Culturati

Ms. Aram and others worry that this plague-on-both-your-houses sentiment is, in effect, a vote for Ms. Le Pen, the National Front’s candidate — whom they regard as xenophobic, divisive and authoritarian. And that has prompted a flurry of last-minute mobilizations among the cultural elite to rally left-leaning abstainers, including by the actor Mathieu 83

May 5, 2017 3:01 PM In French Presidential Election, Activists Are Pushing for Blank Protest Votes

Campaign for protest votes to be included in official election tallies PARIS—France’s presidential election is breathing new life into Stéphane Guyot’s six-year campaign to ensure that votes for nobody count for something. Casting a blank ballot to register displeasure with politics and politicians has a long history in France. Many disaffected voters 43

May 5, 2017 11:50 AM The Latest: German minister says ‘project of peace’ at stake

Germany’s foreign minister says that the future of the European “project of peace” is at stake in France’s presidential election. Germany and France have traditionally been the motor of European Union integration, and German officials have made clear that they favor centrist Emmanuel Macron over his anti-EU opponent Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s runoff vote. Foreign 74

May 5, 2017 10:33 AM Brexit: English language 'losing importance'

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told a conference in Italy on the EU that "English is losing importance in Europe". Amid tensions with the UK over looming Brexit negotiations, he said he was delivering his speech in French. "Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe and also because France has an election," he said, explaining 50

May 5, 2017 10:30 AM Don't Expect a Big Macron Bounce in France

Markets bounced on Macron's first-round victory and are likely to do so again on Monday if, as expected, he is declared the new French president. But investors should not expect a Macron presidency to pay off in terms of strong economic growth in France. The first hurdle Macron will face is putting together a parliamentary majority. Under the Fifth Republic's 74

May 5, 2017 5:00 AM If Le Pen beats Macron, the once-unthinkable will be all too real

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Forget Britain’s vote for Brexit. Forget President Trump’s November win. If Marine Le Pen somehow defeats Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff vote on Sunday 88

May 5, 2017 1:18 AM Hacking arrest, fake news in tense French presidential race

ALBI, France — Allegations of fake news and hacking attempts dominated France’s tense presidential campaign Thursday, with just two days left for independent Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen to win over voters before Sunday’s high-stakes runoff. Paris prosecutors launched a preliminary investigation Thursday into whether fake news is being 99

May 4, 2017 7:56 PM A polished Le Pen maintains gritty image in French vote

PARIS — The months of grueling campaigning have polished her image. The driving ambition has been softened to widen her appeal to French voters. But Marine Le Pen has not lost the gritty, populist edge that speaks to the common man and the passion for her far-right cause as she heads into Sunday’s presidential runoff election against centrist Emmanuel 73

May 4, 2017 2:38 PM Le Pen vs. Macron: A guide to France’s presidential runoff vote

This weekend, French voters will return to the polls for the second round of voting in the country's presidential election. The election is being watched closely around the world for more reasons than one. Marine Le Pen, perhaps the most visible figure on the European far right, is one of two contenders for the top French political spot, but her rival 112