Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have progressed to the runoff on 7 May
Alexander Lambsdorff, a German liberal lawmaker and a vice-president of the European parliament, has described Emmanuel Macron as a ?French John F Kennedy? and says his first-round victory is good news for Europe.
Former French Manuel Valls has backed Macron and said the defeated Socialist Party is self-destructing and has to look to the future to rebuild.
Comme au 1er tour je voterai @EmmanuelMacron le 7 mai.Chacun doit mesurer la gravité du moment et tout faire pour rassembler.Pour la France.
Il faut garantir une large défaite de l´extrême droite le 7 mai,bâtir une majorité présidentielle large,cohérente et progressiste.Continue reading...
Attention now turns to the second-round runoff that will decide the presidency
The dust has barely settled on Sunday?s first-round vote, but already attention is turning to what happens next.Continue reading...
As parties here digest the lessons of the French election, Labour prepare for defence flak and the Tories take a leaf out of the book of Miliband
According to the BBC?s Laura Kuenssberg, Jeremy Corbyn will not respond directly to the Conservative attacks on his stance on defence policy (see 8.22pm) in his speech to the Scottish TUC (STUC) at lunchtime.
Corbyn not expected to address Tory attacks directly on stump today, but later in campaign he´ll put forward a ´peace and security´ case
Corbyn likely to make case further into campaign that his calls on foreign interventions in recent years have essentially been proved right
They´ll mount that case, knowing many voters agree with him that Iraq was a mistake -challenge to overturn wider accusations on security
Andrew Gwynne, Labour?s joint elections chief, was on the Today programme earlier (see 7.36am) but he was also on Sky News, where he was asked about Jeremy Corbyn?s interview on the Andrew Marr show yesterday.
In the interview Corbyn gave rather elliptical answers when asked if he would authorise the use of nuclear weapons, or a drone strike against the leader of Isis. You can read the transcript here (pdf). My colleague John Crace sketched the interview here.
He absolutely is [ready to be prime minister]. And, actually, I don?t want a hothead sitting at the table in Number 10. I want somebody who?s going to take a very considered view as to what is the most appropriate way of dealing with the defence and security challenges facing Britain.Continue reading...
A 21-year-old man is in custody over death of ex-navy officer Mike Samwell, who was run over by his own car by burglars
A man has been arrested over the murder of a former Royal Navy officer who was run over in his own car after confronting thieves outside his home.
Michael Samwell, 35, and his wife, Jessica, were woken by a loud bang outside their home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, at about 3am on Sunday, police said.
Compromise is brokered between presidents of house of representatives and state council after years of fighting
Rome has brokered a diplomatic breakthrough in Libya that has the potential to bring the two main warring sides together in a new political agreement after years of division, fighting and economic misery.
The scale of the breakthrough will be tested later this week, but Italy is hailing a compromise brokered between the presidents of the house of representatives, Ageela Saleh, and the state council, Abdulrahman Sewehli.Continue reading...