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French voters sceptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on key issues

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PARIS A week before the decisive second round in France's presidential election, many voters are sceptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found.

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France's Macron urges 'morally weak' rivals to unite against Le Pen 28 Apr 2017

CHATELLERAULT, France French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron launched a scathing attack on Friday against politicians who have failed to endorse him against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, saying they were making France "morally weak" and pandering to extremists.

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France, Germany want new Turkey ties but dodge EU membership 28 Apr 2017

VALLETTA France and Germany sought a new deal with Turkey on Friday to repair relations with President Tayyip Erdogan but would not say whether the Turkish leader's new powers and his crackdown on opponents had ended the country's EU ambitions.

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Merkel says Macron would be 'strong president' for France 28 Apr 2017

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron would be a strong president for France and she hoped he would win a run-off on May 7 against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen win in France would mean end of EU as we know it - German minister 28 Apr 2017

BERLIN A victory for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election on May 7 would mean the end of the European Union in its existing form, Germany's Europe minister said on Friday.

China's CGN says Brexit to pose challenges in UK operations 28 Apr 2017

BEIJING Great Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union will bring uncertainties to nuclear cooperation among Britain, China and France, an executive at China's CGN Power Co Ltd said on Friday.

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French would-be president Macron says would seek Poland sanctions 27 Apr 2017

PARIS French centrist Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France would push for European Union sanctions against Poland if he is elected president, signalling he wanted to take the lead in defending the bloc's democratic values.

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China set to become world's second-biggest wine market - IWSR 27 Apr 2017

PARIS China is set to overtake Britain and France to become the world's second-largest wine consumer by value behind the United States by 2020 as consumers turn to more middle-range wines, the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) organization said on Thursday.

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Vinci keeps 2017 goals, first-quarter sales rise 5.1 percent 27 Apr 2017

PARIS France's Vinci posted a 5.1 percent rise in first-quarter sales on Thursday, helped by acquisitions, robust activity in concessions and a recovering French construction market.

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French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack 26 Apr 2017

PARIS French intelligence has concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike, a declassified report showed. | Video

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