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Sounds to me like your front brake pads are worn down to the metal of the pad and grinding on the brake discs.
More than likely you will need to replace both pads and discs as the grinding will have damaged the discs.
I'd get them inspected ASAP and try not to use the car for long journeys until its sorted.
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