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Our daily round up of news from the French presidential campaign trail. From Monday to Friday at 1.15 pm and 6.15 pm.

Latest update : 2017-04-18

Just how 'dangerous' is Jean-Luc Mélenchon?

With five days to go before round one of the French presidential election, four candidates are neck and neck. We asked Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen's supporters how they feel about the rise of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. During a recent boatride, the far-left candidate claimed he's indeed “dangerous". But what do observers think? Finally, François Fillon tells supporters in Nice that he's going to win the election.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2017-05-05 French Presidential Elections 2017

As campaign comes to a close, Le Pen and Macron keep an eye on abstention

On the last day of the campaign, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen visit cathedrals in Reims and Rodez. And all eyes are turned to those voters who might not show up at all come...

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2017-05-05 French Presidential Elections 2017

Final countdown to French Election Day!

It’s the final day of official campaigning in France before the crucial second round of the presidential election, and the last day of The Campaign Beat. Centrist Emmanuel Macron...

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2017-05-04 French Presidential Elections 2017

Macron confronted by union activists on campaign trail while Le Pen dodges eggs

Both Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have hit the campaign trail again after Wednesday's acrimonious TV debate. The centrist candidate visited a glassworks factory in the...

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2017-05-04 French Presidential Elections 2017

Macron deemed winner of feisty French presidential debate

Analysts say last night's presidential debate was one of the nastiest in French political history. According to a survey, a majority of people found Emmanuel Macron the most...

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2017-05-03 French Presidential Elections 2017

Le Pen and Macron face off in debate, four days before presidential run-off

Since its introduction in 1974, the French presidential debate before the second round run-off has always been the culmination of the campaign. As Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le...

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