Centrist Bayrou forms presidential election alliance with Macron

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Veteran French centre-right politician François Bayrou, who has stood in three previous presidential elections, announced on Wednesday he was backing the candidacy of maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron, one of the frontrunners in the elections this spring, a move which the latter described as 'a turning point in the campaign'.

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A veteran French centrist politician on Wednesday dropped out of the race for the presidency to form an alliance with independent candidate Emmanuel Macron - a potential game-changer in France's tightly contested election, reports Reuters.