Susan O’Keeffe: Macron-Le Pen showdown approaches le crunch

The traditional left-right divide in France has dissolved, and both candidates are keen to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses as campaigning intensifies

‘Macron has been a noisy, outspoken President, occasionally going on solo runs and is clearly no lapdog in the tangle that is European Union internal politics.’ Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty

Such are global tensions right now that all eyes are watching the movements and statements of every world leader. Leaders in Sweden and Finland are seriously considering a hasty move into the arms of Nato. Czech Republic’s foreign minister believes that Taiwan may need to be protected from continuing Chinese aggression.

And how distracted might Prime Minister Boris Johnson be, trying to worm his way out of his newly-found status as the first British prime ...