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Monday, 8 May 2017

8 May 2017. From Russia With Love… Russian Dog Dobrynya Joins the Gendarmes!

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The MVD Rossii sent puppy Dobrynya to their French counterparts after ISIS terrorists killed Diesel, a 7-year-old police dog, during a siege in Saint-Denis that followed the Paris attacks in November 2015.  The puppy has grown up well… he’s healthy, playful, and everybody knows of his big appetite.  Moreover, he found a girlfriend in France!

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Le Pen to “Be Stronger Than Ever Before” Even if She Loses Presidential Runoff

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I think that Macron will win almost with absolute probability, but I also believe that after the election the National Front will be stronger than ever before.  After the election, Le Pen will become one of the leading players in the French parliament.  These are candidates with different value systems, different visions of France’s future.  So, each of these candidates wanted to not just win, but also to delegitimise their opponent.  Le Pen offered the idea of a sovereign France, distanced from the Euro-Atlantic allies, primarily from the USA.  On the other hand, Macron proposed to continue the policy of François Hollande.  Both candidates spoke of an independent France but understood this independence differently.

7 May 2017

Nikola Jovanović

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201705071053363516-le-pen-stronger-even-loses/

Le Pen Congratulates Macron On His Victory as Preliminary Results Announced

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French populist nationalist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen congratulated her rightwing neoliberal rival Emmanuel Macron with victory in the French runoff election as the first preliminary results came out.  Le Pen wrote on Twitter:

The French chose their new president…  I congratulate him on his election, and because I care about interests of the country, I wish him to succeed.

According to first preliminary results, 62.5 percent of French voters supported Macron with 10 million ballots counted. On Sunday, Le Pen vowed to transform the National Front (FN), turning it into a new political force:

I propose to engage in a transformation of our movement to build a new political force.  The first round of the election led to a re-composition of France’s political life, eliminating old parties, while the runoff led to other transformations, based on the cleavage between patriots and globalists.  I want to thank the 11 million French people who gave their votes and trust to me, as well as supporters who accompanied me throughout the presidential campaign.  I also want to thank Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who supported me, for his courageous choice.  The FN is the foremost opposition force.  We plan to reform it ahead of the parliamentary elections.

7 May 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201705071053365381-le-pen-macron-congratulates/

Polls Open for Second Round of French Presidential Election

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Today, voting opened for the final round of French presidential election with almost 70,000 polling stations open in Metropolitan France.  Museums will offer free entrance to visitors with a stamped voter’s card and taxi drivers will give free lifts to a polling station.  The first round took place on 23 April, in which neoliberal candidate Emmanuel Macron came first with 24.01 percent of the votes, followed by nationalist populist Marine Le Pen with 21.3 percent.  According to the latest Ifop-Fiducial poll conducted for Paris Match, CNews, and Sud Radio published on Friday, Macron leads the race with 63 percent, whilst it pegs Le Pen at 37 percent.

7 May 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201705071053352429-france-presidential-election-second-round/

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