Macron must win big now to have a chance of fulfilling pledges

By Michel Rose | PARIS PARIS Emmanuel Macron’s camp should perhaps keep the champagne on ice a little longer. The young independent centrist’s qualification on Sunday for the runoff of France’s presidential election in two weeks’ time will certainly bring a sigh of relief in European capitals and financial markets; opinion polls suggest he will beat his far-right rival Marine ...

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PFA Player of the Year: Chelsea's N'Golo Kante wins top award for 2016-17

Media playback is not supported on this device N’Golo Kante has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2016-17. The Chelsea midfielder, 26, beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez in the vote by his fellow players. Tottenham’s Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive year. Manchester ...

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Arthur Collins charged over London nightclub 'acid attack'

The boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann has been charged with 15 offences following an alleged nightclub acid attack. Arthur Collins, 24, is charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent and one of throwing corrosive fluid on a person. Twenty people were hurt – including two each blinded in one eye – when they were ...

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Stricter punishments for speeding offences in England and Wales

Tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences have come into force in England and Wales. Under new guidelines, fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. The Sentencing Council said it wanted a “clear increase in penalty” as ...

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Croydon tram crash: Drivers 'fell asleep' on fatal line

Four drivers have admitted falling asleep while operating trams in Croydon, where seven people were killed after a tram derailed in November 2016. Drivers said a safety device, known as “a dead man’s handle”, failed to activate and stop their trams. Tram Operations Ltd, which runs the line, said driver fatigue was monitored and controls were “fully functional”. An interim ...

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Real Madrid can 'depend' on themselves insists Zinedine Zidane despite Lionel Messi's late clasico winner for Barcelona

“We depend on ourselves,” Zinedine Zidane insisted. And again. And again. The Real Madrid head coach is right too. Win their remaining six games and they will reclaim the Spanish league title after a five-year drought. But for all his calm positivity, a last-gasp winner from Lionel Messi shifted momentum back towards Barcelona in the title race, giving them new life ...

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Ferne McCann's boyfriend Arthur Collins charged over acid attack at London nightclub

Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been charged in connection with an acid attack at an east London nightclub which left two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured. The 24-year-old was arrested at an address in Rushden, Northamptonshire. He was charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one ...

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Marine Le Pen may have progressed this far, but it is a Macron presidency that will present a new start for France

Not, perhaps, the best of results for France and Europe, but by no means the worst either. The far-right National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, appears not to have topped the first-round poll, as some had hoped and many others had feared, but she does appear to have taken second place, which takes her into the run-off in two weeks’ ...

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French election: Final results show Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron through to presidential run-off

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party and the centrist Emmanuel Macron have made it through to the two-person run-off in the French presidential election, according to final results. With all the votes counted – more than 40 million in total – the final results in the first round closely matched those predicted by opinion polls. ...

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Many countries yet to return Jewish property stolen by Nazis, study claims

A “substantial amount” of property confiscated from European Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust has not been returned, a study claims. More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, many states have only partially complied with a law to return or provide compensation for land and businesses confiscated from Jewish communities during the Holocaust. The Holocaust ...

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