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Will the left and right rally to see off far-right Le Pen?

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Who are Le Pen and Macron's voters?

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French press review: Macron 'a step away' from Elysée Palace

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Papa Wemba: Remembering the music and style icon, one year on

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Latest update : 2014-01-15

Hollande Faces The Press: French President Refuses to Comment on Alleged Affair

French President François Hollande was at his scheduled New Year's press conference when asked, amid speculation over an affair, if his partner Valérie Trierweiler is still the first lady. Hollande did promise to clear the air before a February 11th state visit to Washington, at a press conference where it almost went unnoticed that the Socialist leader - whose popularity has hit rock bottom - has signalled what some say could mean a major change of policy.

Out are the "tax the rich" campaign promises, in are plans to slash spending and cut payroll taxes in a bid to get bosses to hire. Will the message get lost in the feeding frenzy over Hollande's personal life?
 

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Minter DIAL

Brand strategy & digital marketing consultant Author of "The Brand" President, "Myndset"

Bastien LE COZ

Co-Founder of "Les Moineaux" and of "Openconso"

Raphael LECLERC

Senior Consultant, CSA Co-Founder, "Délits d'opinions

Valérie RABAULT

Vice-Chair of Finance Committee, French National Assembly

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Macron vs. Le Pen: Unprecedented choice in French presidential election (part 1)

For the first time since World War II, neither the main centre-left or centre-right parties in France will be on the ballot. Instead it's far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen...

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For the first time since World War II, neither the main centre-left or centre-right parties in France will be on the ballot. Instead it's far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen...

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2017-04-20 French Presidential Elections 2017

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2017-04-20 French Presidential Elections 2017

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