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Barack Obama endorses Emmanuel Macron for French presidency

Former US president Barack Obama endorsed Emmanuel Macron for the French presidency, praising the centrist frontrunner`s "liberal values" in a video posted Thursday on the candidate`s website.

Furore over Holocaust comments hits Marine Le Pen's election bid

Marine Le Pen`s bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when the man named interim head of her National Front party stood down to defend himself against charges that he shares the views of Holocaust deniers. 

Gloves off in French election as Le Pen aide slams Macron

Global markets reacted with relief to Sunday`s outcome which broke a pattern of anti-establishment election shocks in which Britons voted to quit the European Union and Donald Trump was elected U.S. president.

Sarkozy on defensive in first French presidential primary debate

Nicolas Sarkozy was forced onto the defensive Thursday over his legal woes in the first debate of right-wing rivals for the French presidency, widely expected to be won by the right.