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A debate on the latest developments in French politics with two Paris-based journalists. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2014-03-19

French local elections: A referendum on Hollande?

This Sunday, voters all across France will head to the polls for the first time since the Socialists won the presidency and a majority in parliament nearly two years ago. They will cast a ballot to elect their mayors. But although these are local elections, their outcome will have national consequences. How much will President Hollande's dreadful approval ratings weigh on voters' minds? Can the opposition conservatives overcome their divisions? And will the far-right become a major player?

By Marc PERELMAN

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2017-02-28 Emmanuel Macron

French presidential race: Is Emmanuel Macron unstoppable?

When Emmanuel Macron decided to run for French president, the consensus among politicians and pundits was that he stood no chance. A 39-year-old former banker who served under...

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2017-02-21 Marine Le Pen

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

Marine Le Pen has finally broken a glass ceiling - not in France, but in Lebanon. For the first time, the French far-right leader was hosted by a foreign sitting president and...

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2017-02-14 Emmanuel Macron

French presidential race: Will Marine Le Pen benefit from 'Penelopegate'?

With just over two months to go before the first round of France's presidential election, conservative candidate François Fillon is mired in a scandal over the hiring of his wife...

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2017-02-07 François Fillon

Can France's conservatives recover from 'Penelopegate'?

With his poll ratings in freefall amid claims he might have created a fake job for his wife, French conservative candidate François Fillon held a defiant press conference this...

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2017-02-01 Benoit Hamon

2017 French presidential election: Conservative candidate Fillon hit by scandal

The stage is finally set. Less than three months before the French presidential election, all the candidates are now known after the Socialists chose Benoit Hamon as their...

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