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Cavendish likely to miss Tour de France after being picked for Giro d’Italia

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Mark Cavendish is unlikely to get the chance to break Eddy Merckx’s stage-win record at the Tour de France this year after it was confirmed that he has been selected in his team’s squad for the Giro d’Italia. The Manx...

When voters abstain, France takes notice – the UK should learn to do the same

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Four distinct political blocs were revealed by the first round of the French election: a radical left, something approximating a centre-right, the far right and those who looked at the choices on offer and said “none ...

Hidden France: why I fell in love with peaceful, scenic Auvergne

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The irony of visiting a 17th-century plague chapel in the midst of a 21st-century pandemic wasn’t lost on me when I donned my mask, sanitised my hands and stepped into the cool of a tiny church. It was built in 1628 s...

Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach review – a completely devastating evocation of racist trauma

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When Tan France was nine, he stole his cousin’s skin bleaching cream. It stung, like sunburn, so he didn’t use it for long. But when he was older, in his mid-teens, he decided to have another go. The shame and guilt t...

England captain Sarah Hunter ruled out of Six Nations decider against France

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England have been dealt a significant blow as they seek to secure another grand slam this weekend with their captain, Sarah Hunter, ruled out of the Six Nations decider against France on Saturday. The No 8 sustained a...

Can Emmanuel Macron reunite France?

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The French president has faced down the challenge from the far right to win a second term. But he returns to office as president of a deeply divided country, says Angelique Chrisafis ...

Victorious Macron vows to unite France after fending off Le Pen threat

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The pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron has vowed to unite a divided France after winning a second term as French president in a decisive victory against the far-right’s Marine Le Pen, who nonetheless won more than ...

France election: polls open as Macron and Le Pen battle for presidency

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The polls have opened in mainland France for the second round of the presidential election in which voters will choose to give Emmanuel Macron another five years in office or elect Marine Le Pen. Macron is favourite t...

A divided France and a Germany unsure of its identity threaten Europe’s future

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It’s hardly a secret that pro-Europeans are on edge across the continent, anxiously worrying whether Emmanuel Macron will win today’s French presidential election. His challenger, Marine Le Pen, is openly prepared to ...

The left in France must vote against Le Pen – but Macron isn’t making it easy

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President Emmanuel Macron faced Marine Le Pen, his far-right challenger, in a televised debate on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s crucial runoff vote. The media agreed that Macron had largely dominated the exchanges. View...

France issues international arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn

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France has issued an international arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn, the disgraced former Nissan executive who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon, prosecutors have said. The warrant was issued on Thursday over €1...

A local’s guide to Rennes, France: Brittany’s medieval but vibrant capital

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Rennes is a great place for foodies. The speciality is a galette-saucisse – Breton street food. It’s a sausage wrapped in a buckwheat galette, maybe with onions, but strictly no sauce (if you’re Breton). It’s sold in ...

France braced for protests as Macron and Le Pen prepare for presidential runoff

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Protests were expected around France on Saturday as opponents of the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen seek to form a united front to prevent her from winning an election runoff against incumbent Emmanuel...

Tan France: ‘I was conditioned to think light skin was better’

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When Tan France released his autobiography in 2019, it wasn’t the accounts of the constant racism he experienced growing up in Doncaster in the 1980s that caught the media’s attention, nor was it his glitzy tales of r...

France election: five key takeaways and moments ahead

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A lacklustre French presidential election campaign overshadowed first by the Covid pandemic and then by the war in Ukraine has exploded into life, propelling Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen into what looks like bein...

France faces bruising runoff after Macron and Le Pen top first-round vote

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France faces a brutal two-week campaign over the country’s future, as the centrist incumbent, Emmanuel Macron, faces the far-right Marine Le Pen for the presidency, positioning himself as a pro-European “progressive” ...

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