Macron faces Le Pen for French presidency as mainstream parties bow out early

24 Apr

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron will face anti-EU, anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential run-off duel on May 7, according to initial estimates after Sunday’s hotly contested first round. If Macron tops the first round – his score two hours after polls closed was estimated at 23.9 percent, 2.2 points up on the […]

European leaders welcome Macron showing in first round

23 Apr

“Juncker congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his result in the first round and wished him all the best for the next round,” Margaritis Schinas said on Twitter. Underlining broad support for Macron among leaders of the European Union institutions in Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini from the Italian center-left added her congratulations to those […]

Macron tops French first round to fight Le Pen for presidency

23 Apr

Macron was projected to win 23-24 percent in Sunday’s first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with 21.6-23 percent, according to estimates on public television. They will compete in a run-off on May 7. “The French have expressed their desire for change,” Macron said. “We’re clearly turning a page in French […]

Live: Macron at 23.7%, Le Pen at 21.7%, Fillon at 19.5% and Mélenchon at 19.5%, according to early results

23 Apr

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Polls open in France for first round of presidential election

23 Apr

Voters on Sunday are casting their ballots in the first election in France’s modern history to take place under a state of emergency. Security has been tightened across the country with many polling stations guarded by armed police and soldiers. Polls opened at 8am local time across the country in the first round of a […]

Projections say Macron, Le Pen go through to runoff in French vote

23 Apr

In a race that was too close to call up to the last minute, Macron, a pro-European Union ex-banker and economy minister who founded his own party only a year ago, was projected to get 24 percent by the pollster Harris and 23.7 percent by Elabe. Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration and anti-EU National […]

French expats line-up to vote at embassies and consulates

23 Apr

French citizens, who reside in Tunisia, line up to cast their votes for French presidential election, at a polling station in Tunis, Tunisia April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi Around 1.3 million French people abroad are registered to vote — representing around two percent of the total electorate. In London — often called the sixth biggest […]

French vote turnout nearly 70% by mid-afternoon

23 Apr

The figure was about one percentage point lower than the same stage at the last election in 2012, but polling booths will stay open an hour longer this time, closing at 1700 GMT or 1800 GMT in mainland France. Meanwhile, around 1.3 million French people abroad are registered to vote – representing around two percent […]

LIVE: France votes in first round of presidential election amid tight security

23 Apr

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Afghans mourn casualties of deadliest Taliban attack on army base

23 Apr

Afghanistan on Sunday observed a national day of mourning for the victims of a Taliban attack on a military base in northern Afghanistan, which killed more than 100 soldiers. Flags flew at half-mast across the country and special prayers were said for the dead in Friday’s attack on an Afghan army base in the northern […]