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The latest developments on France’s presidential and legislative elections with on-the-ground reports, expert analysis and original perspectives. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-03-15

From fringe party to frontrunner: The rise of Marine Le Pen and the far right

We focus on the rise of France's far-right National Front. Over the years, the party has gone from a fringe extremist outfit to a mainstream contender, and its leader Marine Le Pen has become a presidential frontrunner. Also, Benoit Hamon insists on his legitimacy as he desperately looks for Socialist support. And is the French presidency a bargain? We take a look at how campaign financing works.

Prepared by Narimène Laouadi and Hanane Saïdani

By Marc PERELMAN , Molly HALL

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2017-07-18 Emmanuel Macron

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2017-06-20 Emmanuel Macron

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2017-06-13 Emmanuel Macron

French legislative elections: Macron's party steals the show

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