Marie-Anne Pollaud

Meet the French presidential candidates

UPDATE 24/04/17: Pro-EU centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron & far-right, anti-EU leader Marine Le Pen are through to the final round of French presidential elections. Official estimates put Macron at 23.9% of votes and Le Pen at 21.4%, making history as none of the mainstream parties make it to the second round. Macron is expected to comfortably beat Le Pen in the final round, according to the most recent polls. The final round takes place in two weeks. Europe is certain to be a central campaign issue. Le Pen wants to take France out of the EU, something that has proved unpopular...

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Could #frexit really happen?

THE BREXIT SPIN-OFF I first heard of ‘#frexit’ in late 2016. It had been a gruelling, bleak year in the aftermath of the #brexit referendum, so I was up for a bit of a giggle. My first thought was that it reminded me of the name of a cabbage and potato gratin I tasted during a camping trip to South Tyrol in the summer of 2003. Or the sound I make when I sneeze. Britain was dismissed as too ‘insular’ and ‘maritime’ by Charles De Gaulle, who vetoed the UK’s first attempt to join what was then called the...

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