French voters go to the polls on Sunday, May 7, to choose former banker Emmanuel Macron or right wing nationalist Marine Le Pen for President. Across the European Union the result is seen as pivotal.
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France has overtaken the US and Britain to be ranked the country with the most non-military global influence. The annual Soft Power 30 index links polling and data to measure a country's global impact.
French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump spoke of their friendly relations following talks at the Elysee Palace. Trump hinted something could happen on the US stance on the Paris climate accord.
The French president's call for reform is nothing new - with economists warning of the need for structural change for decades. He hopes his popularity can allow him to achieve what his predecessors could not - and above all help France's young people.