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Polls suggest far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead.

This Sunday's first round of France's presidential election will send the top two candidates through to the run-off on 7th May. Here's our round-up of French voters' choices.

Le Pen denies French role in round-up of Jews

The New Arab & agencies

Le Pen denies French role in round-up of Jews

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen denies the role French police played in the round-up of 13,000 Jews during WWII.

How the hijab unveiled Europe's discrimination against Muslims

Tallha Abdulrazaq

How the hijab unveiled Europe's discrimination against Muslims

Comment: The European Court of Justice's ruling that companies can tell women not to wear the hijab shows European powers have much in common ...

If Assad stays in power, it'd be a disaster

James Snell

If Assad stays in power, it'd be a disaster

Comment: Assad may elicit support from an international community focused only on fighting IS, but he will never again be able to rule all of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Far-right Le Pen refuses headscarf to meet Lebanese mufti

The French far-right leader has rejected a meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti after being asked to wear a headscarf, despite being informed of the condition in advance.

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon rolls out red carpet for French far-right leader

The far-right French leader Marine Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures.

The New Arab & agencies

French presidential frontrunner: colonisation of Algeria "crime against humanity"

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron drew a storm of criticism on Wednesday after calling France's colonisation of Algeria a "crime ...

Karim Traboulsi

France's Donald Trump to visit Paris of the Orient

Far-right presidential candidate and France's answer to Donald Trump is visiting Lebanon, a former French colony, next week, but her agenda ...

Make Lebanon France Again? Le Pen to visit Beirut

Karim Traboulsi

Make Lebanon France Again? Le Pen to visit Beirut

Far-right presidential candidate and France's answer to Donald Trump is visiting Lebanon, a former French colony, next week, but her agenda ...

The New Arab

Far-right rising: 'France's Trump' pushes ahead in presidential polls

Marine Le Pen's aspirations for the French presidency, once fanciful, appear increasingly realistic with elections set to take place on April 23

France's Le Pen rides far-right wave of Trump's success

The New Arab

France's Le Pen rides far-right wave of Trump's success

Marine Le Pen's aspirations for the French presidency, once fanciful, appear increasingly realistic with elections set to take place on April 23

#PanamaPapers: Are dictators and US opponents unfairly targeted?

Imogen Lambert

#PanamaPapers: Are dictators and US opponents unfairly targeted?

Critics, dissenters and Russian media allege that Putin and Assad have been unfairly targeted by the Panama leaks.

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