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Macron and Le Pen battle in French Presidential debate

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It’s just four days until French residents once again take to the polls and elect their next president

The two contenders, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have just taken to the stage to face off in the highly-anticipated presidential debate.

It’s a little bit like deja vu for voters in France, with this exact same debate occurring five years ago when Le Pen last challenged Macron for the top job.

Incumbent leader Macron was victorious in the 2017 showdown and then went on to become president.

It is this debate that was seen as one of the reasons why Le Pen was unsuccessful in her bid for the presidency.

Le Pen is currently trailing behind Macron in the latest polls, but political analysts stress the race to the Elysee Palace is far from over.

Millions of voters remain undecided, and over the two and a half hours of debate, both are hoping to gain the upper hand.

The key issue remains the spiralling cost of living throughout France, which will likely play a big part in the debate.

As the debate kicked off, Le Pen said 70 per cent of the French people believe their standard of living had declined over the past five years of Macron’s administration.

Macron notes France was faced with an unprecedented crisis being Covid, followed by war in Europe, and has steered his nation through these events.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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