Amid the rising forces of populism and nationalism, it's easy to fear a new age of tyranny. But history proves tyrants are often no match against democracy and its defenders.
Populist parties like France's Front National typically stress traditional family values. So is it possible for them to appeal to traditional leftist voters like single women and the queer community?
Everyone has forgotten there were almost as many asylum seekers in Europe in the early 1990s as today.
Many French voters seems willing to give the new president and his party, La République en Marche, a broad mandate, even if they didn't initially support him.
France's new En Marche! party is on track to win 400 legislative seats, another victory for the country's young president.
Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
Over the past 300 years, Western educated elites have debated, founded and expanded the right to vote.
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.