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True Fiction: When President Trump Meets President Macron

It's October 2017. The spring's French presidential elections had been won by a fresh-faced 'Anti-Trump.' Now it's time for the two men to meet.

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The cards for the French presidential election were drastically reshuffled after center-right candidate François Fillon found himself embroiled in an embezzlement scandal. Meanwhile, following the decision by current center-left President François Hollande not to stand for a second term, his Socialist party elected an inexperienced and quasi-utopian Benoît Hamon as its candidate.

As a result, on April 23, the run-off that many insiders expected came true: For the first time in the more than half-century history of the Fifth Republic, the top two vote-getters in the first round of the French presidential election belong to neither of the country's traditional Left or Right parties. Newcomer Emmanuel Macron, 39, of the brand new En Marche ! party came in first with 23.7% of the vote, while Marine Le Pen of the National Front party (founded by her father) collected 21.5% of ballots. All the French drama, of course, comes after two of the most shocking election results in memory: the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory. So all eyes now shift to France to see what modern democracy holds in store for us next — and who will "wish la bienvenue" when President Trump comes marching into Paris for the first time ...

To whet the world's appetite, we have imagined two very different scenarios of how it all could look, sound and smell after the French voters have their say in the second round of the French presidential election next month.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

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BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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