French exit polls point to showdown between right-wing firebrand and unconventional centrist – Washington Post

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PARIS — An anti-immigrant firebrand and unconventional centrist were leading Sunday in a tight race for France’s president in exit polls released immediately after ballting closed. If confirmed, the results set up a sharp confrontation between those who embrace globalization and those who want to roll it back. Centrist Emmanuel Macron placed first and far-right leader

Five things to watch in France’s election – The Hill

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Five things to watch in France’s election – The Hill
This election uniquely includes both right- and left-wing populists, with the National Front’s Le Pen and La France Insoumise’s Jean-Luc Melenchon. A runoff with Le Pen and Macron would also be notable, since it wouldn’t include the mainstream parties that have governed in France for decades. “It wouldn’t be the classic left vs right divide