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New Caledonia is expected to maintain ties to France in its upcoming referendum, but it is marked by increasingly stark divisions.
Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.
With Munich’s famous Oktoberfest coming to a climax this week, clam-handed castaway Richard Ogier has the city’s DIY denizens decidedly non-plussed.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has won a convincing victory in round two of the French presidential elections, defeating National Front candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35%. The figure is somewhat better than was forecast throughout most of the lead-up to the final bout, with Macron leading Le Pen by 60%-40% in polls. […]
Could Marine Le Pen win the 2017 French election after all?
Younger people have been confounding older people from society’s very dawn, and the recent first-round French presidential elections have proved no different.
Barring a miracle or collective polling error -- neither of which favour a secular mainstream party -- Benoit Hamon and the Parti Socialiste are toast.
The left parties effectively conceded defeat by fielding six candidates, writes freelance journalist in France Alan Austin.