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French presidential election

Early results put independent centrist top in first round vote with 23.9 per cent

Voluntary pay cut failed to quell investor anger over losses at the Swiss bank

Becton Dickinson borrows heavily for takeover of Bard

UnionPay, the world’s largest bank card group, sets its sights on emerging markets

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Sports shoe maker says vast majority of its manufacturing will remain in Asia

The Trudeau government has welcomed asylum seekers but the influx is causing resentment

Global Insight Ben Bland

Forget Trump and Xi, the factories will fight and conquer in the global marketplace

Former Labour prime minister’s intervention enrages leftwing activists

Washington should forge an alliance with Paris to confront Berlin

FCA chief says regulators will lose faith in how US handles crises if regime changes

Departure expected after probe into ‘unacceptable’ operations at Jalabiya plant

Centrica operating profits could take £332m hit from intervention in gas market

UK News

Bumper returns set to dwindle and payouts likely to lag behind profit rises

Labour forced to clarify its commitment to nuclear deterrent

Spiritual matters spill out into the normally secular sphere of the general election

Party manifesto to offer voters chance to remain in EU if final deal unsatisfactory

Opinion

Highlights

Hedge fund chief wants industry to find its voice in debate on how to leave the EU

Latin American producers look to Asia as health-conscious consumers drive demand 

Financial Times picture editors showcase the best photographs from around the world

Markets News

Centrist’s likely success in head-to-head for French presidency eases investor nerves

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Unease over French and UK elections, and policy changes in China

Euro near 1-month high as French bond yield narrows over German Bunds

Technology

Interview Automobiles

Alliance’s head of connected vehicle strategy discusses pricing and other challenges

Tech groups escape voters’ ire perhaps because their job-disrupting sway is so subtle

Photo of Rana Foroohar

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