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Le Pen refuses to endorse presidential candidate

National Front leader Marine Le Pen Credit: ITV News

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has addressed a rally in Paris. She told her voters to make their own choice in the May 6th presidential election runoff. The two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - have been competing for the votes of her supporters.

Marine Le Pen addressing crowds in Paris Credit: ITV News

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French police investigate teacher stabbing

French police are investigating why the mother of pupil stabbed a teacher in front of her class.

French police outside the school where a parent stabbed a teacher to death. Credit: RTV

Dozens of offices attended the Edouard Herriot school in Albi, where the 34-year-old teacher was leading a class of five and six-year-olds in the school.

French police outside the Edouard Herriot school. Credit: RTV
French police at the French school where a teacher was murdered. Credit: RTV

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Teacher stabbed to death by mother in front of class

The mother of a pupil has stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class in France.

The incident occured in Albi, southern France. Credit: Google Maps

The 34-year-old teacher was leading a class of five and six-year-olds in the school in Albi, southern France when the mother attacked on Friday morning.

French president Francois Hollande described the killing at the Edouard Herriot pre-school as an "abominable drama".

Mr Hollande has sent the education minister to the region in response to the incident.

Nicolas Sarkozy denies allegations of corruption

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and says he has not "betrayed" his country after being put under formal investigation for corruption.

Mr Sarkozy told Europe 1 radio the country's legal system was "being used for political means".

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing after being put under formal investigation for corruption.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing after being put under formal investigation for corruption. Credit: PA

"The situation is sufficiently serious to tell the French people where we stand on the political exploitation of part of the legal system today," he said.

He added: "I say to all those who are listening or watching that I have never betrayed them and have never committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law."

Sarkozy ally questions impartiality of investigation

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Alzheimer center Pompidou in Nice with Christian Estrosi (L). Credit: Press Association Images

One of the allies of Nicolas Sarkozy has expressed doubts over the fairness and impartiality of one of the magistrates investigating the ex-French president over allegations of corruption.

"I question the impartiality of one of the judges," Christian Estrosi, the mayor of the southern city of Nice told France Info radio, accusing Hollande's government of having whipped up "an atmosphere of hate".

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