Macron and Le Pen move on toward 2nd round...
Le Pen's early lead in counting in the French election may not hold https://bloom.bg/2pT7Hu6
From 45.97m voters (95.56%): Macron 23.82%, Le Pen 21.58%, Fillon 19.97%, Melenchon 19.48% - French Interior Min at 00:56am #France2017
From 41.01m voters (85.43%): Macron 23.61%, Le Pen 22.20%, Fillon 19.87%, Melenchon 19.07% - French Interior min at 11:31pm #France2017
From 37.59m voters (78.14%): Macron 23.41%, Le Pen 22.6%, Fillon 19.86%, Melenchon 18.85% - French Interior Min at 11:01pm #France2017
From 33.42m voters (69.47%): Macron 23.12%, Le Pen 23.06%, Fillon 19.80%, Melenchon 18.64% - French Interior Min at 10:35pm #France2017
EU's Juncker congratulates Macron
Juncker wishes Macron well for the run-off
Melenchon refuses to endorse Macron. Says that voters must examine their own "consciences".
French establishment is swiftly lining up urging voters to now back Macron: Fillon, Hamon, Ayrault, Valls, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo
By 11:00pm or midnight, the view should be clear. Of note: pollsters are quite accurate. And Fillon conceded #France2017
ONCE MORE: French Interior min issues votes COUNTED IN. Pollsters give estimates from extrapolation as big cities are still not accounted
#FRANCE | LE PEN AT 24.33%, MACRON 22.24%: INTERIOR MINISTRY AT 9:33PM - BBG *INTERIOR MINISTRY DATA BASED ON 20.52M VOTES (42.65% TOTAL)
Some trouble in Paris tonight involving anti-fascist protesters unhappy at Le Pen getting through to second round: https://www.thelocal.fr/20170423/france-french-presidential-election-live-results-voters-le-pen-fillon-macron …
#France | For the first time since 1965, neither of France's two mainstream parties are on track to make the presidential run-off election.
Unlike Fillon , Melenchon yet to concede - hoping results from big cities push into Second round.
French interior min, on 12.75m votes: Le Pen 24.79%, Macron 21.66%, Fillon 19.65%, Melenchon 17.97% #France2017 NB: NOT ESTIMATES
French interior min at 8:40pm, out of 9.2 million voters: Le Pen 25.06%, Macron 21.28%, Fillon at 19.65%, Melenchon at 17.94% #France2017
B ) Afternoon News....
LE PEN GETS 24.2% IN FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTRY PRELIMINARY COUNT
Read this thread to stop hyperventilating on a so-called RTBF "exit poll"...
Estimation participation 81% @IfopOpinion
Turnout at 5pm slightly lower than in 2012 - French Interior Ministry
( C ) Early Morning News .....
Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of "Les Quatre Mousquetaires Politiques."
Heightened security as France votes today.
France: No exit poll http://www.commission-des-sondages.fr/hist/communiques/communique-election-presidentielle-1er-tour-20-avril-2017.htm … Projection after 8pm based on initial counts Anything before then likely to be bollocks
France, preliminary exit poll (La Libre): Macron 24% Le Pen 22% Fillon 20,5% Melenchon 18%
Five things to watch in France's election http://hill.cm/sScrLcv
French election LIVE: Voter turnout slightly up on 2012 http://dlvr.it/NyYrLN
Two hours lines to vote in the French elections in London's South Kensington. #JaiVote
Great thread and closing thoughts from Sophie Pedder on today's election. 15 tweets in the thread , well worth checking this out !
Many voters are taking chances on the smaller candidates.The feeling is that this is not an ordinary election and that anything can happen.
No electronic voting at French election, nor single ballot paper. Voters put one individual slip of paper in envelope
First indication: voter turnout matches that in 2012. Early sign the French are voting in line with usual high trend for presidential poll
Voting now under way in France. Only official info to be released will be turnout rate, at midday and 5pm. Exit polls under embargo till 8pm
TRUMP: MEXICO WILL PAY `IN SOME FORM' FOR BORDER WALL
Trump Warns Democrats "Obamacare Will Die Soon Without 'Big Money'" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-23/trump-warns-democrats-obamacare-will-die-soon-without-big-money …
Trump Tax Plan slipping back.....today we learn Plan details will not be ready until June ( if then.)
62% of Americans support President Trump's military action in Syria, according to new NBC News/WSJ poll http://nbcnews.to/2oBszUD
Top Dem: Government shutdown over Trump's border wall would be the "height of irresponsibility" http://hill.cm/wJYn5DN
Top Trump aide says he "NEVER met" Carter Page over 550 days on campaign trail http://hill.cm/IlVTHQj
Ex-UN Ambassador John Bolton warns: It "just gets worse" with North Korea http://hill.cm/nZ8ibNY
Mulvaney downplays chances of government shutdown http://politi.co/2oz9tQ3
Health-care vote likely in early May, House conservative says
Comey didn't trust AG Loretta Lynch during Clinton email investigations http://hill.cm/xEyOs7G
NEW: Five things to know about Trump's steel order http://hill.cm/7GRdo4G
NEW POLL: Trump approval at record low, but nearly all who supported his election say it was the right thing to do http://hill.cm/TiJ1hgC
Ryan: Focus is on keeping government open, not healthcare http://hill.cm/AiWOLJz
Trump reaches beyond West Wing for coins
North Korea detains US citizen: report http://hill.cm/jos4U06
Top political cartoons of the week are here | http://ow.ly/VFp830b4ccl
North Korea warns it could sink US carrier "with a single strike": report http://hill.cm/jpGDltf
NEW: Five fights for Trump’s first year http://hill.cm/KJ7ug0e
Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.
The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.
Current Trump aide Dan Scavino says in 550 days on road with Trump during campaign, he never met Carter Page.
"He’s not even a useful idiot. He’s just a plain idiot. He had no role to the campaign," ex-Trump aide @JasonMillerinDC on Carter Page.
ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going - otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.
Very interesting election currently taking place in France.
TRUMP SUNDAY: --calls Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan --Half an hour later, calls President Xi Jinping of China. --No other events.
OPINION: Has the Democratic Party put the Clintons in their rear-view mirror for good? http://ow.ly/Nan330b4aN2
Ryan tells rank-and members today they will vote next week on omnibus, but gives no details on how issues resolved, if they are.
Jim Jordan is not worried about Trump’s primary threats, saying “I’ve never shied away from competition” http://ow.ly/hzWT30b1EAq
Trump’s pick to regulate banks is hardly a shake-up https://bloom.bg/2oA2uW7
There may be some strategic motives for GOP candidates to delay their bids for the 2018 midterms: http://ow.ly/DkSH30b1LNg
Will Trump’s hold on blue-collar, white voters prove true in Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election? http://ow.ly/UGPt30b1Hwo
Institutions due to return for conclusion of review http://dlvr.it/NyZj0N
A clear message needed http://dlvr.it/NyZj1s
Squats hosting migrants prompt ire of owners http://dlvr.it/NyZhtf
#Greece, public revenues are 11bln (-11%) below 2008 levels whereas expenditure has been slashed by 36bln (-31%) since 2009
Odds & Ends....
French election first round over , time to check in on NK-US situation....
POTUS to discuss NK with leaders of Japan and China in separate calls....
Homeland Security secretary: Trump will deal with nuclear North Korea before his second term http://hill.cm/6aZuGv3
A third US citizen has been arrested and remains in custody in NK. NK also threatens to sink a U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Just another Sunday.
North Korea sure proved Australia's FM wrong....
United States remains vulnerable to North Korean cyber-attack, analysts say http://abcn.ws/2pQoZYR
Unlikely that U.S. sabotaged failed North Korean missile launch http://hill.cm/P3sI60n
REPORT: "Bunker busters" destroy Idlib cave hospital: "Bombing a hospital is just commonplace now." http://bit.ly/2p9z8Sq
Turkish-backed "Eastern Shield Army" releases statement declaring its formation made up of factions from E Syria to fight YPG, IS & SAA
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Seddik al-Kabir (Tripoli Central Bank): Liquidity crisis caused by withdrawal of 30 bil dinars by senior depositors http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/139730/ …
Steering Committee Chairman for Libyan Investment Authority: Suffering losses daily because of UN sanctions http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/139737/ …
Out with the old Princes , in with the younger Princes ...
The new Saudi ambassador in Washington is the king's son and a fighter pilot who bombed ISIS in Syria. @akhbar