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As France prepares for Sunday’s first round of voting in its presidential election, any two of the four leading candidates could still reach the run-off, and an apparent attack in Paris on Thursday has brought terrorism back to the top of the agenda in a campaign already shaped by questions of security and identity. Harriet Agnew talks to the FT’s Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Michael Stothard about a remarkable campaign that has upended French politics and will have wide ramifications for France and beyond.

 

French billionaire Vincent Bolloré’s move to acquire Italy’s Mediaset, owned by the family of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, sets up a battle between the two media tycoons for the future of Italy’s biggest commercial broadcaster. Daniel Thomas discusses the latest twists in the story with Harriet Agnew, FT Paris correspondent.

 

Patrick Jenkins speaks to Paul Volcker, author of one of the best known rules aimed at limiting the speculative activities of banks. What does the former Federal Reserve chairman think of the current plans to deregulate the US financial system? Music by Kevin MacLeod

 

Why did the UK prime minister decide to hold an early election?
Is this an opportunity for those wishing to stay in the European Union to exit Brexit? Malcolme Moore puts these and other questions to the FT’s Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green

 

The Toronoto Wolfpack, the world’s first transatlantic rugby league team, is seeking to create a following in Canada and North America. The FT’s Andy Bounds went to watch the team in action at one of their first UK matches and to hear about their ambitions to transform the sport.

 

United Airlines has been shamed on social media and faces a potential lawsuit over the way it forcibly removed a passenger from a flight that had been overbooked. The chief executive’s half hearted series of apologies seemed to make things worse. Michael Skapinker discusses the case with Tanya Powley, FT transport correspondent, and Christian Pfrang, Lex columnist.

 

On Sunday, Turks head to the polls to vote on a new constitution that, if passed, would cement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s role as perhaps the most powerful president Turkey has known. John Murray Brown discusses the implications with Mehul Srivastava, FT correspondent in Istanbul.

 

Jes Staley has made a point of underlining the importance of ethics since taking over as Barclays chief executive. But he is now under investigation for breaking rules surrounding the treatment of whistleblowers. Christopher Thompson discusses how bad things look for Mr Staley with Matt Nixon a specialist in reputation management, and the FT’s Laura Noonan and Emma Dunkley. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Picture credit: Bloomberg

 

The FT’s James Politi reports from Sicily, an island with one of the highest levels of poverty in Europe, and where the populist Five Star movement has a growing appeal.

 

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.