Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is challenging one-time front runner Francois Fillon for third place in France’s presidential race and, with only two weeks to go, a third of voters are still undecided. Harriet Agnew discusses the latest twists in the French election campaign with the FT’s Ann-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard.
The official start of Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU hasn’t done further damage to the pound. But George Saravaleos, head of currency research at Deutsche Bank, says that the messy politics of Brexit will eventually catch up with sterling.
Donald Trump is welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping to his Florida resort this week for their first ever face-to-face meeting, with discussions expected on centre on trade relations and the North Korean nuclear crisis. Geoff Dyer discusses the US-China relationship with FT Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell, and Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief.
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