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France Braces for Runoff Between Nationalism and Globalism

  • Le Pen needs to overcome voter dislike of National Front
  • Emmanuel Macron’s challenge is his past, plus globalization
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Le Pen, Macron to Faceoff in Presidential Runoff

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In the coming two weeks of the French campaign, Marine Le Pen’s challenge is to break through a wall of voter antipathy that she inherited from her father. Emmanuel Macron’s task is to persuade the French he has the gravitas and experience to be president.

The far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron both took just under a quarter of the vote in a contest with 11 candidates. Now they must convince the rest of the population that they have what it takes to lead the country after the May 7 runoff.