French president Emmanuel Macron: had upped the stakes by stressing the “existential risk” involved in the elections. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu

French president Emmanuel Macron’s defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National looked like a major setback on Sunday night. But in t(...)

 Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right party Rassemblement National,  casting her vote during the European elections in Henin Beaumont, northern France. Photograph:  EPA/Thibault Vandermersch

Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalist Rassemblement National won the EU parliamentary elections in France with 23.3 per cent of the vote, according to (...)