The Republic may well be secular – yet when the results of the first round came in that evening, many electors must have offered up a prayer in gratitude.
The German Eurocrat is the biggest threat to the possibility of a fourth term for Merkel.
At the French presidential candidate's London rally, supporters cheered for a reformist.
The support of the perennial candidate for President will boost Macron's morale but won't transform his electoral standing.
The two politicians have caused excitement - but so far, neither has had to articulate a programme.
The French presidential candidate warned that he would not accept "any caveat or any waiver" at a press briefing in London.
The former Taoiseach says Brexit has been interpreted as "a profoundly unfriendly act"
Macron is the frontrunner, but he remains vulnerable to an upset.
Night after night, activists gather in Victory Square to demand the resignation of the government.
In an era of far-right populism, an avowed centrist could see off France's political demons.
The news that the Irish government has begun preparing for customs checks has caused alarm.
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