Should France apologise for committing war-time atrocities?
It might look like an odd move, but quitting your party in the middle of a presidential election plays into a particular myth that might appeal to voters.
France must now choose between two candidates with strongly opposing visions. The outcome of the May 7 run-off could radically alter France, as well as its position in Europe and in the world.
Their policies on Syria, Russia, terrorism and the European Union.
Behind the judicial turmoils of some of the candidates, it is becoming increasingly clear that the French presidential campaign is about two significantly opposed visions of the future.
France's Front National party has tried to distance itself from anti-Semitism – with limited success.
The official campaign to find the next president has begun. Are the cracks beginning to show already?
Despite a formal investigation into his financial dealings, the Republican candidate battles on.
In France, a president has no real power without a parliamentary majority. And Macron doesn't even have a party.
When the presidential candidate pulled out of an important photo opportunity, everyone thought he was quitting the race.
He's got Le Pen rattled at an important phase in the election campaign, even without a manifesto.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country's parliamentary elections.
The far-right candidate has published a 144-point plan for her proposed presidency.
After a big weekend of campaign launches, most candidates are now in place for the 2017 presidential race.
The former PM stands accused of employing his wife for years without bothering to mention it to voters.
Victory seems a distant prospect, but the latest polling suggests the ruling socialist party might not be quite out for the count.
What hope of finding a candidate who can hold onto the presidency?
There's a large field of hopefuls for the first round, but they all need to be able to take on Marine Le Pen.
The most unpopular president of the fifth republic won't be seeking a second mandate.
He's only Mr Nobody to people who haven't being paying attention.