Both attack the status-quo, but for entirely different reasons.
Despite being widely tipped as the next leader of the Front National, the young deputy is dropping out.
The self-confessed europhile will need to respond to concerns about the EU if he is to succeed as French president.
Victory for Emmanuel Macron is a blow for the far right, but there are lessons to be learnt for 2022.
Macron's win showed France is internationalist, outward looking, pro-EU and free market-oriented; Le Pen's rise revealed that it's also nationalist, protectionist, anti-EU and suspicious of outsiders.
Being president of France won't be easy for Emmanuel Macron. Without the support of an established political party, his legislative agenda may go nowhere fast.
France's new president is just 39-years-old and started his own political movement barely a year ago. So how did he do it?
Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
The French must choose between two visions – one from Macron that looks externally to EU partners in trade and security, or one from Le Pen that closes France's borders and yearns for a 'Frexit'.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron went head-to-head in the final debate before the second round of voting on May 7.
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
By promising a top job to Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the Front National leader is hoping to catch a few more votes. But is it too little too late?
It all comes down to how many people abstain.
A new survey of French voters reveals a divide that predicts support for Le Pen. This same characteristic also explains Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
When Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, France was in a very different mood.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
It might look like an odd move, but quitting your party in the middle of a presidential election plays into a particular myth that might appeal to voters.