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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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European elections plunge Asian markets into doubt

A man speaks on a mobile phone in front of a securities firm's electronic stock board in Tokyo Credit: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Asian stock markets were pummelled Monday by weekend election results in Greece and France that heightened uncertainty about Europe's ability to solve its debt crisis.

Japan's Nikkei 225 index plunged 2.6% to 9,134.26

Francois Hollande supporters rally in Toulouse

Rally in Toulouse Credit: Mark Nelson/ITV News

Supporters of the French presidential candidate Francois Hollande gathered at a rally in Toulouse in southern France today.

The Socialist party leader is ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy in opinion polls by six to 10 points. Both leaders are battling for votes ahead of Sunday's decisive runoff election.

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