Popular candidates for the 2017 presidential election (from left): Fillon, Macron, Melenchon, Le Pen and Hamon get ready to debate on March 20, 2017.
Get up to speed before the first round of voting on April 23.
It is still difficult to predict who will be the next French president.
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.
The official campaign to find the next president has begun. Are the cracks beginning to show already?
He’s got the cheese selection, but no party.
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In France, a president has no real power without a parliamentary majority. And Macron doesn't even have a party.
Still a bit of a mystery, but an appealing one.
He's got Le Pen rattled at an important phase in the election campaign, even without a manifesto.
Things could get very interesting if Martin Schulz wins the German election and Emmanuel Macron triumphs in France.
Hannibal Hanschke/Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
The only thing needed for Europe to leap towards further political integration is for French and German heads of state to support it.
Macron’s stumble on colonialism.
The presidential candidate stoked anger on the right by calling French colonialism a 'crime against humanity'.
The four main candidates.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country's parliamentary elections.
Emmanuel Macron on a visit to Lebanon, in January 2017.
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The top vote-getter in the first round of the election, France's former finance minister has been working to build a political narrative outside of the country's traditional political parties.
Roll out the candidates.
After a big weekend of campaign launches, most candidates are now in place for the 2017 presidential race.
Benoit Hamon wins in the French socialist primary EPA/Jeremy Lempin.
Victory seems a distant prospect, but the latest polling suggests the ruling socialist party might not be quite out for the count.
There's a large field of hopefuls for the first round, but they all need to be able to take on Marine Le Pen.