Face-off: Macron vs. Le Pen — what they stand for

Face-off: Macron vs. Le Pen — what they stand for

Far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, set to face off in a May 7 French election with major implications for the future of Europe, have very different views on the economy. Macron, a former banker who served as economy minister, is socially liberal. He has argued that France’s economy can become more competitive if it embraces globalization and doubles down on free trade. Macron is a keen supporter of the euro and the EU. Le Pen, meanwhile, represents a radical departure from the status quo in…

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France begins voting for president after bitter campaign

France begins voting for president after bitter campaign

Polls opened in the morning for France’s 47 million registered voters under tightened security, with the country still jittery just two days after the attack on a police bus in the heart of Paris, which left one officer dead. The country is sharply divided — with the latest polls suggest the results are too close to call. With 11 names on the ballot, no one candidate is expected to win an outright majority, and only four leading contenders are seen as having a realistic prospect of making it through to…

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Turkey boosts security ahead of Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli

Turkey boosts security ahead of Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli

Updated April 24, 2017 07:09:02 Photo: Snipers are being stationed around key sites and soldiers and police have been checking access lanes. (ABC News) Related Story: Security tight in Sydney ahead of visit by US Vice-President Related Story: Terrorists may target Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli, Government says Turkish officials say they have responded to Australian’s warnings about a potential attack on this year’s Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli by boosting the number of security personnel. An official in the Canakkale governor’s office said the number of soldiers and police…

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Novice centrist predicted to face far-right leader in final round

Novice centrist predicted to face far-right leader in final round

The result, if confirmed, is a comprehensive rejection of traditional French politics. Neither candidate hails from the establishment parties that have dominated France for decades. BFMTV and Elabe suggest scandal-hit conservative François Fillon and far-left wildcard Jean-Luc Mélenchon won 19.9% and 19.3% of the vote respectively, and have been knocked out of the closely-fought race. Speaking to supporters in Henin-Beaumont, anti-immigration, anti-European Union candidate Le Pen hailed the result: “It is time to free French people from arrogant elites … I am the people’s candidate.” “The French people must seize…

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Terrorists killed in Philippines gun battle near ASEAN trade talks site

Terrorists killed in Philippines gun battle near ASEAN trade talks site

By Shirley Escalante in Manila, wires Updated April 23, 2017 18:15:49 At least four militants from Philippines terrorist group Abu Sayyaf have been killed in a gun battle with security forces close to where Association of South-East Asian Nation trade meetings were being held. Key points: Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte warns of heightened security risk from militant groups Abu Sayyaf traditionally operates in the southern Philippines and has moved into the central provinces for the first time Tens of thousands of security forces deployed to Manila for ASEAN summit Philippine…

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