National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses activists at the Espace Francois Mitterrand  in Henin Beaumont after the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen won the first round of the French presidential election tonight, presenting France with a choice between the young, (...)

A woman walks past electoral posters of French presidential election candidates in Paris. Photograph: Gabriel Bouysgabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Every leading candidate in the first round of the French presidential election promised a revolution in French politics, so I talked to voters where t(...)

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off for the French presidency, according to projections, after a land(...)

Decisions, decisions: A man looks at campaign posters of the 11th candidates running in the 2017 French presidential election, in Saint Andre de La Roche, near Nice, France. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Extreme is probably the word that best describes the French presidential election campaign. Each of four leading candidates is extreme in his or her w(...)

French presidential election candidates:  Francois Fillon of  the right-wing Les Republicans (LR) party;  Marine Le Pen   of the far-right Front National (FN) party; Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! movement; and  Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the  far left coalition La France Insoumise. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

WHAT DO THE POLLS SAY? Support for the front-runners, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, eroded towards the end of the campaign, while Francois Fillo(...)

The election candidates take part in a television show: The government has mobilised 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers to protect polling stations. Photograph: Martin Bureaumartin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

The campaign for the first round of the French presidential election has closed under the shadow of jihadist violence and with widespread misgivings (...)

Far-right supporters attend a presidential campaign rally by Front National leader Marine Le Pen in Marseille, as polling day looms in one of the most unpredictable French elections. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For Geraldine Emerson, the stakes couldn’t be higher as her French compatriots take to the voting booths on Sunday. “As we’ve seen with Brexit and t(...)

British prime minister Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

When Theresa May took the world by surprise on Tuesday by announcing that she would seek an early general election, she said a bigger Conservative maj(...)

In one sense the underlying theme, the leitmotif, of the French presidential election has remained unchanged for the last couple of years: it is – and(...)

Self-made man: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron   poses for a selfie with employees at the   Rungis wholesale food market, south of Paris, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AP

A whiff of sulphur hangs over three of the four leading candidates in the French presidential election: Marine Le Pen, for the racist, xenophobic hist(...)

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