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Macron to announce re-election bid Thursday: French media

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron will announce that he is seeking a second term in a letter to be published online on Thursday evening and in regional newspapers the next day, according to multiple media reports.

Macron’s announcement that he will be a candidate in April’s presidential election has been widely expected but the French president had kept the country guessing about its precise timing.

Franceinfo first reported that Macron would make the announcement via the regional press on Friday. News agency AFP reported the letter would be published online Thursday evening.

Macron enjoys a comfortable lead in the campaign, which has been upended by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The conflict has damaged the chances of many of his rivals, due to past Russia-friendly policies and statements.

Presidential candidates have until Friday evening to inform the French Constitutional Council that they are planning to run in the election, whose first round will take place on April 10.

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