In April, it felt like markets were running out of steam a little. Politics moved to the fore, with some nervousness ahead of the first round of the French presidential election. This was evident in the relief rally in the euro when Emmanuel Macron made it through to the run-off last Sunday, which he of course won. In the UK, Prime Minister May announced a general election for 8 June, where she hopes the opinion polls will prove correct this time round and give her a thumping majority. In the US, Donald Trump shifted his attention towards foreign policy. It started with the missile attack on Shayrat air base in Syria before moving on to troublesome North Korea.
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