The French Election & Global Markets, Italy A Threat to the Euro (videos)

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is on 23 April 2017. The run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017. The leading candidates are Le Pen (National Front), Macron (En March!), Fillon (Republicans), Mélenchon (La France insoumise). Latest polls: FT.com - Bloomberg.com - wikipedia.org.

UPDATE April 23, 2017: Macron vs Le Pen for next President of France, runoff election May 7, 2017

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Emmanuel Macron: France's Next President?

Video above published Apr 19, 2017, by WSJ.com: A relative unknown in French politics until he announced his candidacy, Emmanuel Macron is a front-runner in France’s presidential election. But who is Mr. Macron, what does he stand for, and what are his chances?

Soc Gen CEO on French Election, ECB, European Banking

Mar 08, 2017: Frederic Oudea, chief executive officer at Societe Generale SA, discusses the French presidential election, French support for the European Union, normalization of ECB policy, and explains why he is "optimistic" about European banks. He speaks with Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

Franco-German short term yield spreads blow out to eurozone crisis high | ft.com, April 4, 2017: "The yield gap between French and German two-year debt has blown out to its highest level since the eurozone crisis as investors snap up German assets ahead of France’s presidential elections in three weeks’ time."

In the UKBritish PM May calls for early election to strengthen Brexit hand | Reuters.com, election June 8th--Theresa May is set to deliver a crushing blow to "remainers"--UK growth is faster than expected, consumer confidence is high, and unemployment low.

Why Italians Have "Fallen Out of Love" With The Euro: The euro zone's greatest existential threat? Italy, the eurozone's third largest economy, which could abandon the euro because: 1) Italians are poorer as a result of being part of the euro currency bloc; and 2) they are falling further behind their counterparts in main trading partner Germany.--Reuters.com

Is the Euro Doomed?

Apr 12, 2017: With the UK heading out of the European Union, Greece back on the brink and discontent fuelling the rise of populist politicians, Bloomberg QuickTake asks can the world’s most ambitious financial experiment survive?

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