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By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - Inside the election war rooms of Paris, French politicians on both left and right are waking up to the threat Emmanuel Macron poses ahead of next year's presidential election and stepping up attacks on the fresh-faced former economy minister. Macron quit President Francois Hollande's government last month, pledging to "transform France" and taking the most concrete step so far towards a presidential bid he has not yet made official. With poll after poll showing far-right leader Marine Le Pen assured of getting to the second round but losing the runoff in May to whoever faces her, Socialists and conservatives realize Macron's pitch for the middle ground could cost them the remaining place.
By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's chances of becoming the next leader of South Africa got a boost on Monday when a powerful mining union backed him to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Debates over who should follow Zuma, either when his term ends in 2019 or before, are heating up after the ruling African National Congress suffered its worst local election results last month, exposing party divisions. Ramaphosa would be the first choice for many investors because he is more likely to support pro-business policies than many in the traditionally left-leaning ANC.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue — an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for years.