Analysis: Finally, crystal-clear clarity in French election

PARIS (AP) -- When France's presidential election turned into a political boxing match this week at the gates of an appliance factory threatened with closure, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen showed that she wields a mean right hook. Her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte contesting his first election, demonstrated that he can take a solid punch to the chin.

After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish

PARIS (AP) -- After "the battle of Whirlpool," when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France's blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday. The anti-European Union far-right populist Le Pen was up before dawn to cruise aboard a fishing trawler on the Mediterranean.

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

PARIS (AP) -- A man suspected of links to radical Islam and of glorifying terrorism shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion during an arrest Thursday, officials said. Police managed to detain the man and his mother, and found weapons and material for making explosives in their apartment in the town of Saint Benoit de la Reunion, according to the Interior Ministry.

Markets subdued in the wake of Trump's tax plans

LONDON (AP) -- Global stocks were subdued Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. The Bank of Japan and European Central Bank kept their policies on hold as expected, though the euro took a modest hit when ECB President Mario Draghi said he wasn't confident that inflation across the 19-country eurozone was heading toward target. KEEPING SCORE: European shares fell with France's CAC 40 down 0.

The Latest: Macron wants more retraining for French workers

AMIENS, France (AP) -- The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local): 4:10 p.m. French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is defending his campaign platform in a heated impromptu meeting outside a factory with workers who face losing their jobs to a plant in Poland.

The Latest: France's Marine Le Pen gets criticism from dad

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The father of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says he thinks his daughter has produced a "too laid-back" campaign in the French presidential race. Jean-Marie Pen told France Inter radio on Tuesday that he would have done a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency.

ECB unlikely to signal stimulus end, despite French optimism

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's strengthening economy dodged a banana peel when a pro-EU candidate won the first round of the French presidential election. That won't be enough, however, to make the European Central Bank signal an end to monetary stimulus program on Thursday. Nor will Sunday's result by itself fix the long-term flaws that have plagued the continent's shared currency, the euro.

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

PARIS (AP) -- France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

LVMH to consolidate hold on Dior in multibillion-euro deal

PARIS (AP) -- The French magnate behind LVMH moved to incorporate Christian Dior into his luxury goods empire in a 12 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal. It's the latest business coup for Bernard Arnault, who has expanded LVMH to include dozens of leading luxury brands -- from high-end champagne and whiskies, to exclusive Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermes, Kenzo and Givenchy perfumes and Bulgari and TAG Heuer watches.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

PARIS (AP) -- They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7. Here's a look at just a few of the ways the two candidates diverge: EUROPE Macron is fierily promoting common European ideals of peace, prosperity and freedom. He says that, with Britain leaving, the bloc needs to build a new leadership base anchored by France and Germany.

France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France (AP) -- Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency. With that shift, Le Pen has widened her National Front party's appeal to voters once too timid for the extreme right.

Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France

PARIS (AP) -- When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident. Jean-Marie Le Pen squeezed into the winner-takes-all runoff against Jacques Chirac with just 17 percent of the vote, a record low.

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) -- The worldwide surge in share prices sparked by the outcome of France's vote Sunday carried into Asian markets early Tuesday. Japanese shares gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping exporters. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.8 percent to 19,034.74 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong jumped 0.9 percent to 24,349.69. South Korea's Kospi added 0.5 percent to 2,183.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 100-DAY MARK NEARS AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMS As the symbolic milestone approaches, Trump juggles a renewed health care push and his demands that a government funding bill should include money for the border wall with Mexico. 2.