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Campaign posters of French presidential election candidates in Bailleul, northern France, two days before the first round of the election.
PHOTO: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
French Presidential Candidates Take Positions on Paris Attack: French voters awoke Friday to a rapidly shifting political landscape as candidates locked in a four-way presidential race seized on the Champs-Élysées attack in an attempt to gain an edge before voting begins Sunday.
If Brexit Is Messy, ‘Frexit’ Would Be Chaos: French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon have proposed returning responsibilities to Paris from EU power centers but the repercussions of a ‘Frexit’ would be far greater than those of Brexit, writes Stephen Fidler.
French Business Leaders Urge Voters to Reject Euroskeptic Candidates: The leaders say ‘extremist’ candidates, including nationalist Marine Le Pen and leftist firebrand Jean Luc Mélenchon, would seriously damage France’s economy.
France’s Two-Round Electoral System Spells Period of Volatility for Markets: For investors, elections in France are just different: a two-round system that lets them shift bets, reassess polls and scout for bargains.
France Fires Up Eurozone Economy Ahead of Presidential Poll: A gauge of activity in the eurozone’s manufacturing and services sectors rose to a six-year high in April, aided by a pickup in France ahead of presidential elections scheduled to start Sunday.
U.K. Retail Sales Drop in March as Inflation Hits Consumers: U.K. retail sales fell steeply on the month in March, data showed Friday, as price increases fueled by the pound’s sharp post-Brexit vote depreciation caused Britons to rein in spending.
U.K. Treasury Chief Confident of Reaching Trade Pact With U.S.: U.K. Treasury chief Philip Hammond said Friday he is confident the U.K. and the U.S. can strike a wide-ranging free-trade accord once Britain has left the European Union.
Germany Slams U.S. Steel Imports Probe: Germany criticized the U.S. decision to launch a national security probe into steel imports and urged Washington to respect international World Trade Organization rules.
The U.K. Election Campaign Trail on Friday: May commits to aid, tactical voting drive, Corbyn stays on domestic policy.
What’s Making Britons Grumpy? Voting, Voting, Then Voting Again: Three national elections in just over two years have tested a nation’s commitment to civic duty, putting “Brenda from Bristol” in a snit; “that’s quite enough, thank you very much.”
IN THE PAPERS
Brussels Hardens Brexit Line on EU Workers’ Rights – Financial Times
Germany Keeps Giving Britain a Brexit Brush-Off – Bloomberg
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April 21, 2017 at 10:32PM
from Stephen Fidler