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European leaders choose sides in French run-off

Leaders ditch tradition of keeping silent on elections taking place outside their countries

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Hearty endorsements of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron (above) and stinging dismissals of his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen came from across European capitals after French voters whittled their presidential choices to two on Sunday, indicating the gravity of French voters' choice for the rest of Europe.

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Hearty endorsements of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and stinging dismissals of his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen (above) came from across European capitals after French voters whittled their presidential choices to two on Sunday, indicating the gravity of French voters' choice for the rest of Europe.

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WITH the future of Europe in French hands, the continent's leaders have cast aside their tradition of staying out of each other's elections and weighed in with some unsolicited advice: Pick the candidate who wants to make the European Union (EU) stronger, not the one who wants to

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