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Latest update 14/03/2012

France 2012: en route to the presidency

France heads to the polls this spring for the country’s most important election in five years. Campaign season does not officially start until April 9, but at least a dozen presidential hopefuls are already jostling for position in the imminent race to the Elysée Presidential Palace. FRANCE 24 takes an in-depth look at the players and power plays that will make 2012 a year to remember.

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Leftist candidate takes far-right fight to prime time

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For France’s blighted north, a Green path out of crisis

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Centrist François Bayrou returns for another presidential fight

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Le Pen: 'The US model cannot be applied to France'

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François Hollande: from obscurity to presidential frontrunner

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Dominique de Villepin: the man who would be president

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