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Macron-Le Pen runoff shows the depth of France's EU divide

Narrow margins in first-round presidential vote reveal torn European power

Emmanuel Macron supporters celebrate as results come in on April 23. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

PARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of voting on April 23, qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front.

The first-round results of France's presidential election show a profoundly unsure public, and these wide divisions within one of the European Union's core members signal difficult times ahead for the bloc no matter who wins the runoff.

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