New kid on the block, Macron moves in

Written by Laure Van Ruymbeke and Mathiew Leiser Today is the inauguration day for Emmanuel Macron, the 8th president of the Vth French Republic. Brigitte Macron was the first to arrive at the Elysée according to protocol for the First Lady. She was followed by the president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, a few minutes later. He was …

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International reactions to Macron’s election

All along the night, leaders from across the globe, took their phone to tweet or call France's new president, Emmanuel Macron.   EU Leaders   European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the French decided for a “European future”. He tweeted “Happy that the French have chosen a European Future. Together for a stronger and …

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The Champs Elysées Attacks: final disruption before the first round

As the official presidential campaign comes to an end at midnight today, all the candidates’ agendas have been disrupted by the Champs-Elysées attack. Last night, a policeman was shot dead and two others injured by a French gunman. The attack, claimed by the so-called Islamic State, raised the important issue of fighting terrorism for the …

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Benoît Corbyn? Not really.

Is Benoît Hamon the French Jeremy Corbyn? This comparison is often made: however, how relevant is it? We talked to Philippe Marlière, lecturer of political sciences at UCL, and specialist in left-wing European politics. Benoît Hamon, 49, and Jeremy Corbyn, 67, are both leaders of their parties. In February 2017, Hamon won the French primary …

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A final debate on standby

France 2 has stepped back from organising a debate with the 11 candidates. It was supposed to take place on the 20th of April, which will be 3 days before the first round. The channel has suggested to do 15 minutes individual interviews instead. A draw would select the candidates' order. When the debate was …

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