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International relations

UK election could accelerate unravelling of EU

June polls threaten to accelerate push for economic nationalism

| Europe

France has become the latest European country to propel a far-right politician to within reach of leadership after the weekend victory of anti-European and anti-Immigration Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French presidential election. Le Pen, who will face independent centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off vote in May, is unlikely to win, according to polls, but her success underscores the seriousness of Europe's current trend toward right-wing nationalism.

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