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Emmanuel Macron was the winner of the first round of the French presidental election. Eric Feferberg/AFP

French election: how the vote came to be so split

The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates' four-way split doesn't favour governance of the country.
The first round of France’s 2017 presidential contest sent two political outsiders to the second round. What’s next in this key European election? Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

France shuns mainstream political parties: world experts react

France must now choose between two candidates with strongly opposing visions. The outcome of the May 7 run-off could radically alter France, as well as its position in Europe and in the world.
Emmanuel Macron at a campagn event in Bercy, April 17. Eric Feferberg/AFP

The voice of youth at the ballot box: lost or unheard?

François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump represented seismic shifts to the established political order. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Understanding populism: how leaders can better sell economic reform

While populism is considered a threat to democracy, there are in fact lessons our leaders can learn from the experience of populism in other countries.

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