Q&A: Could far-right French candidate Marine Le Pen beat Emmanuel Macron?

French President Emmanuel Macron finished first in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday. But far-right leader Marine Le Pen came second, staging a competitive run-off on April 24.

Macron supporters are pissed off; forecasts show that Macron could edge Le Pen later this month by as little as four to six percentage points. The incumbent centrist beat Le Pen by more than 30 percentage points in the 2017 presidential run-off.

The two candidates rushed to the electoral trail after the first round of the election. Le Pen, whose victory would mark the first far-right presidency in French history, called the vote a “choice of civilisation”.

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