Financial markets are jittery ahead of the closely watched French election on Sunday and for good reason: Polls are still incredibly close, raising fears an euroskeptic candidate could end up in the presidential seat and spark months of market turmoil.
REUTERS/Eric GaillardPARIS (Reuters) - French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Monday she had yet to secure all the funding she needs for her election campaign with less than four weeks to go before voting begins.
PARIS (Reuters) - The top candidates in France's presidential election clashed in a televised debate on Monday, with centrist Emmanuel Macron accusing far-right leader Marine Le Pen of lying and seeking to divide the French.
Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé's announcement Monday that he has decided “once and for all” not to enter the French presidential race makes it very likely that neither the center-left nor the center-right will have a candidate in the second-round runoff vote in May, an unprecedented development in modern French politics.
AP Photo/Christophe EnaPARIS (AP) — Polling agency projections show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron leading in the first-round French presidential election.
The results could set up a duel between a young candidate with no electoral experience and the woman who remade the image of a party tainted by racism and anti-Semitism.
With volume starting to fade ahead of Friday's holiday, and geopolitical concerns growing as a US aircraft carrier approaches North Korean, S&P futures pointed to a slightly lower open, in line with stock markets in Europe and Asia. Safe havens such as gold and treasuries strengthened along with Japanese yen, which erased all of yesterday's losses and neared its 110 support on investor caution about global security risks and the future of U.S. interest rates after Yellen's Monday speech failed to provide clarity.
REUTERS/Stephane MaheParis (AFP) - Emmanuel Macron, the pro-business candidate making fast progress in the French presidential election campaign, unveils his policy programmes on Thursday as he seeks to capitalise on his conservative rival's woes.
Reuters/Benoit TessierPARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of opponents of gay marriage took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to defend their vision of family values, hoping to revive the issue in political debates ahead of next year's presidential election.
Marine Le Pen already disowned her father’s political past. Now she’s ditching his name as she seeks a new family of voters.
The National Front leader has stripped the family moniker and any reference to her party from her marketing material in an attempt to clean up her image ahead of next year’s presidential election.
MONTREAL • Quebec separatist leader Pauline Marois started the election campaign hoping to boost her credibility in business circles and rally francophones around perceived threats to their identity in her bid to win a majority. Now she finds herself fending off hypothetical questions about an independent Quebec.
Blame Pierre Karl Péladeau.
As expected Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy will square off on May 6 in round two of the French presidential elections.
However, there was a huge surprise in spot number 3 as extreme right wing candidate Marine Le Pen pulled in 18% of the vote running on a dump-the-euro platform.
First Round Totals
Le Pen: 18%
Please consider Le Pen voters to arbitrate Hollande-Sarkozy duel