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Macron tops French election, to fight Le Pen in second round

PARIS: Centrist Emmanuel Macron will face off against far-right Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election, projections showed Sunday, making him clear favourite to emerge as the country's youngest leader in modern history. Macron was projected to win between 23 and 24 percent in Sunday's first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with between 21.6 and 23 percent, according to estimates on public television. "The French have expressed their desire for change," Macron told…

Fears shroud France election after Champs Elysees attack

PARIS: The killing of a policeman on Paris's Champs Elysees rocked France's presidential race Friday with just two days to go before voting in the closest election for decades. A note praising Islamic State (IS) was found near the body of the 39-year-old French attacker, who shot dead one officer and wounded two others before being killed by police. The note bolstered IS's claim that the perpetrator, named as Karim Cheurfi, was one of its "fighters". Far-right leader Marine Le Pen -- who is locked in a tight…