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The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April 2017. Should no candidate win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017. Incumbent president François Hollande of the Socialist Party is eligible to run for a second term, but declared on 1 December 2016 that he would not seek reelection in light of low approval ratings, becoming the first incumbent president of the Fifth Republic not to run for a second term. The presidential election will be followed by legislative elections to elect members of the National Assembly on 11 and 18 June. (wp)


In eastern France's industrial rustbelt, workers are massing behind the virulently nationalistic politics of populist Marine Le Pen. A large chunk of them will come from once left-leaning industrial towns like Hayange, scarred by the closure of its blast furnaces. (ap)

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