French Presidential Election: Le Pen, Macron Projected As Winners In First Round

A low turnout will clearly favour Mrs Le Pen; a turnout of not more than 60 per cent of the electorate may well see the National Front leader win. With Le Pen wanting France to leave the European Union, and Macron wanting even closer cooperation between the bloc's 28 nations, Sunday's outcome after a wildly unpredictable and tense campaign meant the runoff will have undertones of a referendum on France's European Union membership.

Taliban kill at least 140 in military base attack

Taliban kill at least 140 in military base attack

They also demanded top security officials be summoned to parliament to explain their failure to prevent the attack. "It was a chaotic scene and I didn't know what to do", said one army officer injured in the attack. Several other attackers detonated suicide vests. "Special praying will be held in Presidential Palace mosque and at the mosques across the country and national flag will be half-hoisted at home and Afghan diplomatic missions overseas", the statement reads.

Euro jumps as Macron emerges as favorite to lead France

In a brief televised message, Socialist prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged voters to back Mr Macron to defeat the National Front's "funereal project of regression for France and of division of the French". An anti-establish candidate but not an outsider, Le Pen comes from a family that has enjoyed the political spotlight for decades -- if not very successfully.

Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korean threat

This statement from North Korea comes about a week after it performed a failed missile test on the anniversary of the birth of King Il Sung, the country's late founder. He continued the pressure on the rogue state during his visit saying the U.S. supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, after the mixed messages from Washington over the warship's whereabouts.

Centrist Macron, right-wing LePen emerge in French national election

For the second round of voting, scheduled for May 7, Macron seems well positioned to win, given his ability to pull support from both sides of the center. His daughter has done much to soften her party's image, and found widespread support among young voters by pitching herself as an anti-establishment defender of French workers and French interests against global corporations and an economically constricting EU.