Macron and Le Pen go to French runoff in two weeks

In final voting figures, centrist Emmanuel Macron led in the first round of France’s presidential election Sunday, with 23.75 percent of the vote. He and far-right Martine Le Pen, who won 21.53 percent, face each other in the runoff on May 7. Fillon with 19.91 percent and far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon with 19.64 percent, dropped out of the race.

Macron and Le Pen offer France diametrically opposed policies. Macron, a former banker who served as economy minister, is socially liberal, pro-globalist and supporter of the euro and the European Union. Radical nationalist Le Pen told her supporters Sunday night: "The European Union will die, globalism will be defeated because the people do not want any more … arrogant and hegemonic empires"
 

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