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    Volatile French Election Shaken by Far-Left Candidate

    Hold on to your chapeaux. The French presidential race, already a roller coaster of scandals and unexpected candidates, has seen support for extreme-left contender Jean-Luc Mélanchon surge seven points. Some polls place him ahead of scandal-ridden conservative François Fillon and within striking distance of the front-runners, centrist independent Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. He’s also shaking up markets as investors get jittery at the still-remote prospect that France might see a Euroskeptic government under Mélanchon or Le Pen.

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