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A debate on the latest developments in French politics with two Paris-based journalists. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

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A debate on the latest developments in French politics with two Paris-based journalists. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

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    French presidential race: Is Emmanuel Macron unstoppable?

    French presidential race: Is Emmanuel Macron unstoppable?

    When Emmanuel Macron decided to run for French president, the consensus among politicians and pundits was that he stood no chance. A 39-year-old former banker who served under the deeply unpopular François Hollande, a man with no party behind him and claiming to be neither on the right or on the left could never sit in the Elysée Palace, it was said. But today, with less than two months to go before the first round, the maverick is firmly in the race and could even clinch France's top job.

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    French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

    French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

    Marine Le Pen has finally broken a glass ceiling - not in France, but in Lebanon. For the first time, the French far-right leader was hosted by a foreign sitting president and head of government. She hopes it will boost her international credentials and presidential bid. In the meantime, with less than two months to go before round one of the elections, the left is still struggling to figure out how many candidates it will field - and the clock is ticking.

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    French presidential race: Will Marine Le Pen benefit from 'Penelopegate'?

    French presidential race: Will Marine Le Pen benefit from 'Penelopegate'?

    With just over two months to go before the first round of France's presidential election, conservative candidate François Fillon is mired in a scandal over the hiring of his wife and children as parliamentary aides. The former frontrunner is now edged in opinion polls by far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron. As Fillon battles to keep his run alive, he is also warning that if he is forced out, many of his sympathisers could throw their support behind Le Pen.

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    Can France's conservatives recover from 'Penelopegate'?

    Can France's conservatives recover from 'Penelopegate'?

    With his poll ratings in freefall amid claims he might have created a fake job for his wife, French conservative candidate François Fillon held a defiant press conference this week to try to save his presidential bid. But will he be able to hold on until the elections? And has the scandal damaged his chances of victory?

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    2017 French presidential election: Conservative candidate Fillon hit by scandal

    2017 French presidential election: Conservative candidate Fillon hit by scandal

    The stage is finally set. Less than three months before the French presidential election, all the candidates are now known after the Socialists chose Benoit Hamon as their flag-bearer. It is certainly a wide-open race. The favourite, conservative candidate François Fillon, is mired in controversy over allegations his wife held a fictitious job, while his two main rivals, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron, are gearing up to fully launch their campaigns.

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    French left-wing primaries: A surprise winner?

    French left-wing primaries: A surprise winner?

    A few months ago, France's conservatives held a primary to designate their presidential candidate and an outsider, François Fillon, won handily. This week, the left is voting to choose its presidential hopeful and the favourite after the first round, Benoit Hamon, is a man who was not on the radar just a few weeks ago. This means that aside from far-right leader Marine Le Pen, all the favourites to win this spring's elections are out of contention. A most unusual election season is upon us.

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