As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country.
Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
An electoral poster of Emmanuel Macron, France’s centre-left presidential candidate, calling for unity.
France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
Marine Le Pen at a political rally in Metz, France.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
Marine Le Pen speaking in Metz, March 18, 2017.
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It all comes down to how many people abstain.
En Marche! candidate Emmanuel Macron is favoured to become France’s next president.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda.
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.
Emmanuel Macron was the winner of the first round of the French presidental election.
The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates' four-way split doesn't favour governance of the country.
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?
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.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have advanced to the second round in the 2017 French presidential.
Le Pen and Macron offer two totally different visions for France’s future and its relationship to Europe.
Emmanuel Macron at a campagn event in Bercy, April 17.
François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
La Presidénte volume 3, The Wave.
In the French graphic-novel series La Présidente, François Durpaire, Laurent Muller and Farid Boudjellal imagine what might happen if Marine Le Pen wins the presidential election.
The costs of mobility.
The political ramifications of a society in stasis.
Le Pen chooses her words carefully.
Politicians like Marine Le Pen are seeking to change the meaning of the very words we use for political gain.
A rally protests against a new law that could force the Soros-founded Central European University out of Hungary.
The Central European University will challenge a law just passed by the Hungarian parliament that could force the closure of the school founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (L) and Presidential candidate Lenin Moreno greet supporters.
Recent elections in Latin America have suggested a retreat from left-wing politics and populist leaders. But results from Ecuador's 2017 presidential election suggest otherwise.
Rutte’s party remains the largest.
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte saw off the populists, but his smaller coalition partner has been hammered.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte saw off far-right challenger Geert Wilders.
EU leaders will breathe a sigh of relief after the centre-right saw off the populist threat.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and PVV party leader Geert Wilders on March 14, 2017.
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The famous anti-immigrant crusader fizzled at the polls, but the Netherlands still has a legacy of intolerance to turn around.
U.S. residents in Mexico protest against President Donald Trump’s foreign policy towards Mexico.
Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters
Calls for civil resistance against the rise of right-wing populism have emerged. But political activism is more than taking to the streets.
START Global Terrorism Database Terrorist Attacks Concentration Intensity Map.
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President Trump has asserted that media coverage of terrorist attacks under-represents their actual extent. Analysis of 50 years of news coverage answers this question, and raises others.