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>> Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist, and Marie Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, have made it into the second round run-off of the French election. I'm Noah Barkin, Special Correspondent for Europe at Reuters, here in Paris following the French election. French voters gave Marine Le Pen over 20% support.
She's in the second round of the election against Macron. Almost 45% of the vote went to candidates on the extremist fringes on the left and right. So this is not a death knell for populism, but it is a sign that populists are having trouble breaking into government, into power.
It's true that in the second round you have Emmanuel Macron, a former banker who wants the French to embrace globalization. He advocates business friendly economic reforms. He's up against a far-right firebrand in Marine Le Pen who has a France first approach. Who's very Anti-Europe, potentially wants to take France out of the European Union.
So, the choice in the second round of the election is quite stark between this sort of globalist approach, if you will, and a more nationalist, France first approach. There is still a slight chance that Marine Le Pen could win if there are surprises over the next two weeks.
Le Pen has made very clear that she's gonna paint Macron as an elitist, disconnected banker. And that makes him vulnerable in the final weeks of the campaign. He made what many people are describing as a mistake last night be allowing himself to be filmed at a fancy French, Left Bank Restaurant, celebrating with his friends.
If he makes more mistakes like that, or if we have more attacks from Islamist extremists in France over the next two weeks in the runup to the second round, this race could tighten. But Emmanuel Macron is still expected to win this, regardless of what happens.