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France wildfires force mass evacuation

Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires. Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the mountainous interior and on the island of Corsica. “The evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progression of the fire,” a fire official was quoted as saying by the AFP news ...

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome wins yellow jersey for the fourth time

Media playback is not supported on this device Britain’s Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the fourth time as Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory in Paris on the 21st and final stage. Groenewegen defeated German Andre Greipel in a frenetic final sprint on the Champs Elysees but the day belonged to 32-year-old Froome. The Team Sky rider is now second in the all-time list after completing his third successive victory. Rigoberto Uran was second, 54 seconds behind, with Romain Bardet third. “Each time I have won has been ...

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome set to clinch fourth yellow jersey

Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of the final stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage from 16:30 BST on the website. Chris Froome effectively clinched his fourth Tour de France title after finishing third on the penultimate stage of the race in Marseille. Briton Froome finished six seconds behind stage winner Maciej Bodnar. The 32-year-old took time out of all his major yellow jersey rivals on a 22.5km individual time trial. The Team Sky rider will not have his lead attacked on Sunday’s processional ...

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France has best chance in years for economic revival. It still won't be easy

Pierre Moscovici: Macron’s election positive for France and Europe French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to remake France’s economy and push through radical reforms of the European Union. Both tasks will be extremely difficult. Macron’s domestic reform agenda got a major boost on Sunday, when voters threw their support behind his centrist political party in parliamentary elections. The decisive first round result puts Macron on a path to secure a majority in parliament, the size of which will be confirmed in a final round of voting next Sunday. “This is ...

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France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls closed, projections showed La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) set to win more than 400 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. Mr Macron’s party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no political experience. The second round of the vote is held next Sunday. Forecasts by two polling organisations gave LREM well over 30% of first round ...

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Emmanuel Macron: Tough task ahead after victory in France

Emmanuel Macron took his first steps as France’s president-elect on Monday but faces a tough task establishing a team that can govern effectively. His party has announced it is changing its name from En Marche to Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move). It must pick candidates quickly ahead of parliamentary elections on 11 and 18 June. It wants to be the biggest party but at the moment has no seats at all. Mr Macron beat the far right’s Marine Le Pen by 66.1% to 33.9% on Sunday. But a ...

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Macron victory in France sends euro to 6-month high

How Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency The euro notched up its highest level in six months after centrist reformer Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday, neutralizing the biggest political challenge to the currency in its 18-year history. His far right opponent, Marine Le Pen, had threatened to scrap the euro and reintroduce France’s old money — the franc. Losing its second biggest economy could have spelled the end of the euro. The euro edged up 0.2% to above $ 1.10 in early Asia trading, its highest ...

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Markets bet on a Macron win in France

Marine Le Pen runs for French president France won’t choose its next president until Sunday. But investors have already picked their winner. Market moves suggest that investors expect independent centrist Emmanuel Macron to triumph in the presidential runoff, an outcome that would remove the risk of France dropping the euro anytime soon. Macron has for weeks maintained a commanding double-digit lead over far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the opinion polls. But Le Pen, who is hostile to the euro and free trade, had a chance to change the narrative ...

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France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

Media playback is unsupported on your device The two rivals in France’s presidential race have traded accusations at the start of the last week of campaigning. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen lambasted pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron as a “candidate of continuity”. Mr Macron said he would fight “until the last second” against Ms Le Pen’s ideas “of what constitutes democracy”. Meanwhile, clashes broke out between police and protesters on the sidelines of a traditional May Day labour march in Paris. Four officers were hurt when masked demonstrators threw petrol bombs ...

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France election: Macron says EU must reform or face 'Frexit'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The front-runner in the French presidential election has told the BBC that the EU must reform or face the prospect of “Frexit”. Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen entered the last week of campaigning. French voters go to the polls on Sunday to decide between the pair. Ms Le Pen has capitalised on anti-EU feeling, and has promised a referendum on France’s membership. She won support in rural and former industrial areas by ...

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