Pictures of the Week: April 27 – May 4

Lightbox April 29, 2012
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April 29, 2012. France's opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election, François Hollande, arrives on stage to give a speech during a campaign meeting at the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy (POPB) in Paris.

From rescue operations for a capsized ferry in India and May Day protests to elections in France and preparations for the Kentucky Derby, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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