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Macron votes. Eric Feferberg/AP

Macron beats Le Pen, but can he lead France?

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.
As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Could blank and invalid votes change the result of the French election?

Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
An electoral poster of Emmanuel Macron, France’s centre-left presidential candidate, calling for unity. Benoit Tessier/Reuters

French election highlights a deep divide on the European Union

France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
In a heated presidential debate, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron argued over each other like a pair of bickering teenagers as their parents watched on, confused. Reuters

Le Pen vs Macron: after an acrimonious debate, the French will now choose their next president

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'.
National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda. Charles Platiau/Reuters

And the winner in the French presidential election is… populism

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.

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