France’s Macron favourite for presidency in runoff with Le Pen

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont PARIS/HENIN-BEAUMONT, France, Apr 24 : Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency yesterday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has […]

France’s Macron appears set for Elysee in runoff with Le Pen

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont PARIS/HENIN-BEAUMONT, France, Apr 24 : Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency yesterday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has […]

Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

By Bate Felix and Daniel Pardon PARIS/PAPEETE, French Polynesia, Apr 22 : French overseas territories and residents in some US states such as Hawaii began voting today in the French presidential election, a day ahead of a main first-round vote that could change the global political landscape. Of 47 million registered French voters, there are […]

Euro now at “acceptable” level, no longer needs to “devalue” -Melenchon spokesman

By Jemima Kelly LONDON, Apr 21 : Contrary to what his manifesto suggests, French far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon now reckons the euro is trading at an “acceptable” level and does not need to be devalued, his economic spokesman says. In a line that had puzzled some analysts and currency traders, Melenchon promised in his […]

EU has no ‘Plan B’ if French voters deliver upset

By Robin Emmott and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Apr 21 : The European Union has no special plan if the two anti-EU candidates reach the final round of France’s election on Sunday, diplomats said, leaving the bloc to brace itself and hope for a centrist victor. Even without a shock outcome, Brussels worries that neither of […]

Battle zone scenes at Paris Champs Elysees after drive-up police killing

By Julien Pretot PARIS, Apr 21 : Paris’ Champs Elysees boulevard looked more like a combat zone than the tourist and shopping mecca it is after a drive-up-and-shoot attack in which an assailant killed a police officer with what appeared to be an automatic rifle. Hundreds of police officers armed with machine guns, helmets or […]