Articles on French presidential election 2017

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As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Could blank and invalid votes change the result of the French election?

Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
In a heated presidential debate, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron argued over each other like a pair of bickering teenagers as their parents watched on, confused. Reuters

Le Pen vs Macron: after an acrimonious debate, the French will now choose their next president

The French must choose between two visions – one from Macron that looks externally to EU partners in trade and security, or one from Le Pen that closes France's borders and yearns for a 'Frexit'.
The first round of France’s 2017 presidential contest sent two political outsiders to the second round. What’s next in this key European election? Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

France shuns mainstream political parties: world experts react

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.

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