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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 appeal of the US as a tourism destination is falling as a result of the strong dollar and Donald Trump’s immigration policies, and airlines and travel companies say they are preparing for a difficult year. Madhumta Murgia talks to Murad Ahmed, the FT’s leisure correspondent, about the travel industry’s response.

 

Women account for the majority of recruits into banking but still make up barely 25% of senior executives, according to data compiled by the FT. Patrick Jenkins asks the FT’s Laura Noonan what the data show about why women are still missing out on management in banking.

 

Raqqa in Syria looks set to be the next battleground as the US-led coalition seeks to crush Isis in the Middle East. The group is fighting to cling on in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Now Raqqa, its stronghold in Syria, is now almost entirely encircled by US-backed Kurdish forces. Fiona Symon asks Erika Solomon, the FT’s Middle East correspondent, if this will be the group’s last stand.

 

Donald Trump says he will take unilateral action to tackle the nuclear threat from North Korea if China fails to put more pressure on the regime in Pyongyang. Emiliya Mychasuk discusses the US options with Demetri Sevastopulo, FT Washington bureau chief, who spoke to Mr Trump ahead of his first meeting with China’s president Xi Jinping this week.

 

Fewer than four weeks before the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, former prime minister Manuel Valls has provoked outrage in the Socialist party by supporting centrist independent Emmanuel Macron rather than his own party’s candidate, Benoît Hamon. But could an establishment endorsement join Mr Macron’s investment banking past as a vulnerability against attacks from Marine Le Pen? Michael Stothard joins Harriet Agnew to discuss.

 

Donald Trump ran for president on the promise of bringing back US coal mining jobs, and set out to do so on Tuesday by signing an executive order that intends to roll back many of his predecessor’s actions against climate change. Ed Crooks, the FT’s US industry and energy editor, explains why the president’s move will not bring coal jobs back to the US economy.

 

Poland’s political divisions have spilled onto the European stage with a clash over Donald Tusk’s bid to be reappointed as president of the European Council. Neil Buckley, the FT’s Eastern Europe editor, asks Henry Foy, the former Warsaw correspondent and Duncan Robinson, Brussels correspondent, what is driving this row and how will it affect Poland’s standing in the EU in future.

 

Emmanuel Macron, the centrist front runner in France’s presidential race, fought off repeated personal attacks from political veterans during a three hour televised debate on Monday. Harriet Agnew asks Michael Stothard, FT Paris correspondent, who came out ahead.

 

Martin McGuinness, the Irish politician who died this week, had made the transition from IRA terrorist leader to respected peacemaker. Jimmy Burns interviewed him in 1990 when peace talks were going on in secret, and he tells the FT’s John Murray Brown what kind of man he encountered and what he thinks his legacy will be.