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  • PARIS, May 3- Far-right leader Marine Le Pen criticised Emmanuel Macron, her centrist rival for the French presidency, as a "smirking banker" representing globalisation gone wild when the two met in a crucial pre-election TV debate on Wednesday. "Mr Macron is the candidate of globalisation, Uberisation," Le Pen said, firing an opening salvo. Voters go to the polls on...

  • *Macron could let nuclear reliance deadline slide past 2025. PARIS, May 3- French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron may delay plans to reduce the share of nuclear power in the French power mix and is considering a UK-style subsidy mechanism to build new nuclear reactors, a source close to the Macron campaign team said. EDF shares jumped as much as 5 percent in...

  • PARIS, May 3- AccorHotels faces a battle at its annual shareholder meeting on Friday as a group of investors tries to block the granting of double voting rights to some long-term shareholders. Europe's largest hotel group has seen some big changes in its shareholder base recently, with investors from China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar now holding a combined 29...

  • *Police in Paris fire tear gas during May Day protests. PARIS, May 1- Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen attacked each other's visions of France and the role it should play in Europe on Monday against a background of May Day rallies and protests. Macron sought for a third successive day to paint National Front...

  • *Police in Paris fire tear gas during May Day protests. PARIS, May 1- Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen attacked each other's visions of France and the role it should play in Europe on Monday against a background of May Day rallies and protests. Macron sought for a third successive day to paint National Front...

  • PARIS, May 1- Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen traded campaign blows across Paris on May Day, as France's most crucial election in decades entered its final week. Macron sought for a third successive day to paint National Front candidate Le Pen as an extremist, while she portrayed him as a clone of unpopular...

  • PARIS, May 1- Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen traded campaign blows across Paris on May Day, as France's most crucial election in decades entered its final week. Macron sought for a third successive day to paint National Front leader Le Pen as an extremist, while she portrayed him as a clone of unpopular...

  • The new 2017 official presidential election posters of the remaining two candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who will compete for the second round.

    The French elections are a non-event as monetary and fiscal policies are at the hands of the ECB and the EU Commission.

  • *Markets pricing out Le Pen risks. LONDON, April 25- France's government bond market on Tuesday held on to gains made immediately after the first round of the presidential election, indicating investors see little risk of anti-euro Marine Le Pen scoring winning the final vote. Far-right Le Pen is lags centrist Emmanuel Macron, by around 20 points in opinion polls...

  • *Markets pricing out Le Pen risks. *Le Pen to square off against Macron on May 7. Far-right Le Pen is lagging the favorite, centrist Emmanuel Macron, by around 20 points in opinion polls before their run-off on May 7, with rival lawmakers urging their supporters to back Macron.

  • Macron warned to focus on winning second round

    CNBC's Claire Fournier updates on the French presidential election, as incumbent President Francois Hollande pledges his support to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.

  • *Hollande says Le Pen's place in run-off is risk for France. PARIS, April 24- France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a "risk" for France. Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National...

  • *Hollande says Le Pen's place in run-off is risk for France. PARIS, April 24- France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a "risk" for France. Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National...

  • ATHENS/ ROME, April 24- The Italian and Greek governments are counting on France's likely next president Emmanuel Macron to help them see off populist parties that blame European Union- enforced austerity and open immigration policies for economic and social ills. The ruling parties in heavily indebted Italy and Greece hope his enthusiasm for the EU will help...

  • *Hollande says Le Pen's place in runoff is risk for France. PARIS, April 24- France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the runoff represented a "risk" for France. Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National...

  • *Le Pen turns fire on Macron over Islamist terrorism. *Macron favorite to win May 7 runoff against Le Pen. Le Pen, 48, has also touted her pledges to suspend the EU's open-border agreement on France's frontiers, and to expel foreigners who are on the watch lists of intelligence services, as the right response to a series of Islamist attacks in France.

  • The young independent centrist's qualification on Sunday for the runoff of France's presidential election in two weeks' time will certainly bring a sigh of relief in European capitals and financial markets; opinion polls suggest he will beat his far-right rival Marine Le Pen with ease. But to have a real chance of implementing the reform of France's economy...

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union has no special plan if the two anti-EU candidates reach the final round of France's election on Sunday, diplomats said, leaving the bloc to brace itself and hope for a centrist victor. Even without a shock outcome, Brussels worries that neither of the more mainstream candidates can revive France's economy or help Germany...

  • PARIS, April 18- Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen sought on Tuesday to turn the debate in the final week of France's presidential election to immigration as she tried to reverse a dip in polls. Surveys of voting intentions have for months shown Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron qualifying on Sunday for the May 7 run-off. The reality is that immigration is...

  • PARIS, April 12- France is on course to deliver this year its first budget deficit in a decade in line with EU rules, the outgoing government of President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, eager to leave a legacy of sound fiscal management. The Socialist government has gradually, but steadily, reduced the deficit since Hollande took office in 2012, though Paris'...