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# French presidential election

Last year
Crunch time for Macron and Le Pen ahead of presidential vote
Both candidates fired off attacks in interviews today before last-minute walkabouts and rallies.
Macron and Le Pen clash over Russian loan, hijab ban and cost of living in debate
Macron was deemed the winner of the 2.5 hour debate in an opinion poll.
'We are exhausted': France’s Macron faces angry voters as he fights for second term
Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist rival Marine Le Pen qualified on Sunday for France’s 24 April presidential run-off.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen begin duel to become French president
After a first round of voting on Sunday, Macron came top with 27.85%, while far-right leader Le Pen finished second at 23.15%.
France prepares for first round of tight Macron re-election bid
The stakes of the election are high for Macron, who came to power aged 39 as France’s youngest president.
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'France decides': Everything you need to know about this weekend's presidential election
Macron or Le Pen? The French people will decide what path their future will take tomorrow.
Marine Le Pen plagiarised one of her rivals in a campaign speech last night
Le Pen’s supporters brushed off claims she copied parts of a speech given two weeks ago by Francois Fillon verbatim.
'If Le Pen wins, you'll be buying bread with francs this time next year'
The deputy head of the Front National party made the claim on radio today.
Topless protester disrupts Marine Le Pen speech
Three security guards carried the woman out of the Paris venue.
Marine Le Pen refuses to pay back €300,000 in EU funds
Meanwhile, her challenger in the presidential election also faces an investigation.
In pictures, video: Sarkozy seeks refuge from booing crowd
Several hundred protesters booed the president during his visit to Bayonne.
French far right presidential candidate must reveal her backers
A court has ruled that Marine Le Pen must reveal who is backing her bid for the presidency.
'I can beat Sarkozy,' says France's presidential hopeful Francois Hollande
The Socialist Party candidate is likely to face the incumbent in a presidential election to be held next spring.
Sarkozy's ex-wife could ruin re-election chances with new book
Cécilia Attias’ ‘novel’ could be damaging for the French president.