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National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda. Charles Platiau/Reuters

And the winner in the French presidential election is… populism

A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
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.
A road sign marks the start of the Elysee street near the Elysee Palace, the French President’s official residence, in Paris. Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Why the French election is a pivotal test for Europe

Europe has had a number of important elections over the past year, but for the EU none is as significant – or as potentially grave – as France's upcoming presidential election.
Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with "pro-Russian" forces in the West. In France's upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, April 12 2017. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

What does Russia want from Donald Trump?

Relations between Russia and the United States have reached an all-time low since the US strike on Syria. But Moscow knows that Washington will need its support if tension rises with North Korea.
Saint-Laurent du Maroni Hospital. Some of the building’s structures go back to the time when French Guiana was mainly known for its prisons. Dennis Lamaison

How racism hampers health care in French Guiana

French Guineans are up in arms about the territory's overcrowded hospitals. Why is no one talking about how racism and xenophobia also affect access to health care?
Inspecting the rubble of a damaged house after a US airstrike in Daraa Al-Balad, Syria, April 7 2017. Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Is Trump’s strike in Syria changing international law?

The recent American airstrike in Syria has created a new norm in international law sanctioning the unilateral use of force to punish those who deploy chemical weapons against their own people.
On April 22 people demonstrated in Karachi to condemn the killing of Mashal Khan, accused of blasphemy and murdered on his campus by other students. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech

Facebook has agreed to remove 85% of content to respect Pakistan crusade against 'blasphemy', leading the way to a whole new era of censorship on freedom of thought.

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