Where does France’s presidential election stand after round one?

Illustration - Posters of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, candidates for the French presidential election. April 15, 2022.Illustration - Affiches d Emmanuel Macron et de Marine Le Pen, les candidats a l election presidentielle francaise.. 15 avril 2022.

The first round of France’s presidential election narrowed the field to current President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. Before the two face off in a second round of voting on April 24, Célia Belin and Agneska Bloch examine the issues motivating French voters, and what both candidates will try – and need – to do in the coming weeks to win in the runoff.

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