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Marine Le Pen vs Emmanuel Macron voting intention opinion polls

News

Euro, bonds and shares gain after centrist comes out top in first round vote

Some say accuracy is due to high turnout and experience of populism

Rapid fall from grace for one-time favourite for the presidency

Champs-Elysées attack threatens to shift presidential election

A hostile France could pose existential threat to the euro and the union

Opinion & Analysis

A low turnout or significant Macron error could open way for the far-right leader

Macron’s first-round victory helps to stem the nationalist tide

Without a party machine, forming a government will be difficult for him

He took a huge risk in running as an independent and has been handsomely rewarded

The original core of the EU is hardening an internationalist stance

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