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French presidential election

May 4, 2017
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On May 7, France elects a president for the next five years — either Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old centrist or Marine Le Pen, 48-year-old leader of the anti-immigrant National Front. Some 47 million people can vote for Macron, an internationalist liberal who is pro-EU, and Le Pen, a protectionist, nativist who is anti-EU.

Just 977,833 votes separated first-placed Macron from second-placed Le Pen when the two and nine others competed in the opening ballot on April 23.