French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right rival Marine Le Pen clash bitterly over Islamic headdress, ties with Russia and economic policy as they seek to sway undecided voters in a debate four days ahead of presidential elections.
Polling agencies estimate that France’s traditional conservative party dominated the first round of regional elections while Marine Le Pen’s far-right party performed less well than expected.
Voter turnout down from 2012 and round one of the elections. Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (REM) party expected to win between 400 and 470 seats in the 577-strong parliament.
Polls show Macron's party taking around 30 percent of the vote winning around 400 seats in the 577-seat chamber.
Macron urged the French to embrace globalisation; he seeks to strengthen the EU and the eurozone. His victory is seen as a chance to bring a halt to the anti-EU sentiments that led to Brexit.
As French voters choose between young centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, here's a cheat sheet on where the candidates stand on immigration, Europe, labour reforms and taxes.
France will make history on Sunday by electing a president that for the first time since 1958 is not from the two main parties. Much of the campaign has centred on the place of Muslims in French society. One French activist and writer tells us why.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron visited the city of Amiens where they met striking workers who stand to lose their jobs when their factory is relocated to Poland.
Europe "puts its trust" in centrist pro-EU front runner Emmanuel Macron as leaders from the region react to the results of round one of the French presidential election in which Marine Le Pen came second.
As the French head to the polls to choose their new president, here's a quick overview of the five most popular candidates.
From charismatic candidates on the far-left and far-right, to those plagued either by links to unpopular big parties and even corruption allegations, France's presidential hopefuls are an interesting bunch.
The Republicans had tipped Alain Juppe to replace their crisis-hit presidential candidate Francois Fillon, whose popularity has waned over a fake jobs scandal.
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