Trump looms large over French presidential race

Donald Trump’s election looms large over the race for president of America’s oldest ally France, where mainstream candidates all style themselves as uniquely qualified to prevent a similar upset by the far right. On Thursday evening, right-wing candidates will take part in the last of three debates ahead of the first round on Sunday of a primary to pick their nominee, who is in turn expected to win the Elysee Palace. Trump’s accession to the White House — and what it might mean for National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen’s chances — is expected to feature prominently in their exchanges.

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