The Czech business tycoon attempted to give a pro-Macron slant to the magazine's election coverage, drawing flak from its editors.
French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right rival Marine Le Pen clash bitterly over Islamic headdress, ties with Russia and economic policy as they seek to sway undecided voters in a debate four days ahead of presidential elections.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the French far-left presidential candidate, has become a kingmaker, coming third in the first round. If Macron is cold-shouldered by Melenchon's supporters, far-right Le Pen might have a chance to snatch a victory.
Both candidates are particularly keen to woo the electorate of hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished a strong third in the first round.
Critics say Macron’s policies since he faced Le Pen in 2017 have marginalised many voters and served to legitimise her ‘softened’ image, making Sunday’s outcome more difficult to predict.
Prime Minister Jean Castex says conclusions can't be drawn on the April 24 runoff at this stage, adding that "we have to convince the French that Emmanuel Macron's programmes are the best for France".
The allegations come just over a week before the far-right leader Marine Le Pen goes head to head with incumbent Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French presidential elections.
Shareholders reject a compensation package for Franco-Italian carmaker Stellantis' CEO amid outcry only days before French presidential vote that has focused on cost of living.
French media have speculated that French President Emmanuel Macron obtained ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's endorsement after offering political influence in return.
Incumbent Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen came out on top in the first round of presidential vote, setting up an April 24 replay of their duel in 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron tops first round of presidential elections, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a larger than expected margin and setting up what is expected to be a tight run-off between the pair on April 24.
The first round of polls is projected to produce a run-off rematch between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen that could be far tighter than their duel five years ago.
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