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  • Setback for Sarkozy as Bayrou Backs Rival Friday, 4 May 2012 | 3:03 AM ET
    French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    President Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of re-election suffered a further knock when the leader of France’s centrist party shifted his support to the Socialist challenger already buoyed by a strong performance in the campaign’s only head-to-head television debate, the Financial Times reports.

  • What's on Art Cashin's Mind Now?     Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 9:26 AM ET

    The "Squawk on the Street" team and Art Cashin of UBS discuss concerns for Europe and the ADP report.

  • Europe’s 'May Day' Not All About Barbecues Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    May Day, Europe’s equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, is traditionally a protest day, a symbol for workers and trade unions, but upcoming elections in France and Greece are bringing a new level of political importance to the annual holiday.

  • Austerity: Europe's Political Football     Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the issues surrounding fiscal austerity and how to bring economic prosperity.

  • Hedge Funds Bet Against Euro Zone Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 5:50 AM ET
    Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    Hedge fund managers make for unlikely supporters of François Hollande, the French socialist presidential candidate, the Financial Times reports.

  • U.S. Strength vs. Euro Zone Woes     Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    If Nicolas Sarkozy's government does not prevail, will this have a ripple effect on investors, or are they now more immune to European worries? Quint Tatro, Tatro Capital and Ron Insana, CNBC contributor, offer insight.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.

  • What's Really Supporting the Euro Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    The euro's recent resilience is baffling some investors, but this strategist has ideas about the causes.

  • Euro's Debt Crisis and the U.S. Markets     Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    PIMCO market strategist, Tony Crescenzi discusses what needs to be done to create debt sustainability in Europe and its impact on the markets.

  • European Politics Give Safe Havens a Lift Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    Singapore reports inflation and France's election roils Europe - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Are French Bonds Safe?     Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:45 AM ET

    French bonds are definitely not "peripheral" ones, Nick Beecroft, senior markets consultant at Saxo Bank, told CNBC, but "in a period of increasing danger... given the solution to the euro zone debt crisis is going to be political, the upheaval that we've seen in Holland, the move against the incumbent in France, shows that political solutions... are going to be positively more difficult to negotiate," he added.

  • It now seems difficult for Nicolas Sarkozy to attract enough Marine Le Pen voters to win the French presidential elections, the surprisingly poor results collected by far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon will take some pressure off of Francois Hollande if he were to be elected, Pierre-Yves Gauthier, founding partner of AlphaValue, told CNBC.

  • A crush of earnings news in the coming week will compete head on with new data on the health of the U.S. economy and worries about Europe’s debt crisis.

  • How Europe Might Change If Sarkozy Loses Election Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 | 11:15 PM ET
    French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    Nicolas Sarkozy is in deep trouble and is looking, for now, as if he could be the first one-term French president since 1981. The New York Times reports.

  • French Rivals Clash on Euro     Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 7:16 PM ET

    Discussing the French election and its impact on Europe and the euro, with Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government professor.

  • Santelli's Bond Report     Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 2:03 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports on the latest action in the bond market and next week's French election.

  • European Elections & U.S. Markets     Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses what Americans can expect from the upcoming European elections and its impact on U.S. markets.

  • CNBC's 'Worldwide Exchange' asked Howard Davies, economics professor at Sciences Po (the French School of Political Science in Paris), whether Sarkozy's and Hollande's anti-business rhetoric was genuine, or just a bid for votes in the countdown to the French general election. "About 60 percent is genuine and 40 percent is politiking in my estimate," he said.

  • Economist Emmanuel Saez

    High earners who are worried thattheir rates will rise have more than just the White House and Washington to blame. They can also look to two academically revered, if publicly obscure economists whose work is the subtext for the battle over tax fairness, The New York Times reports.

  • Extreme Left and Right to Cause French Election Upset? Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 8:00 AM ET
    French far-right party Front national (FN) president and FN candidate for 2012 French presidential election Marine Le Pen sings the Marseillaise at the end of a campaign meeting, on March 17, 2012 in Ajaccio,  in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.  AFP PHOTO/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA (Photo credit should read PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)

    As the French presidential race enters its final lap, President Nicolas Sarkozy and his socialist opponent Francois Hollande look set to move on to the second round of the elections. But the country's far-left and far-right candidates may cause an upset.