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Future of French engagement with Asia rides on vote

Election comes amid rising debate over Chinese investment, imports

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French President Francois Hollande's term in office will end on Sunday after five stormy years on the domestic front.

On that day, the outgoing president, who is not seeking a second term, will know, along with the rest of the world, whether his successor will be centrist Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front. The two came in first and second respectively during first round voting on April 23, but investors and companies in Asia should be aware of the different paths French policy may take depending on who wins this weekend.

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