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French presidential poll a bellwether for Europe

The outcome will show whether the populist tide that lifted Brexit and Trump is still rising

A voter picking up a ballot at a polling station in Rennes, western France, during the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday.


FRANCE voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that is crucial to the future of Europe and a closely-watched test of voters' anger with the political establishment.

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