That was fast.
Live coverage here of the presidential election. Hopefully, they’ll get the speeches over with quickly, then I can tune in to sports the rest of the day.
So the centrist-independent Emmanuel Macron and the hard-right Marine Le Pen are projected to be in the runoff for president of France.
This may not seem like such a shock result to you, the polling had predicted this same outcome, but in fact this is a major political revolution for France. Both mainline parties, the Socialists and the Republicans, have been eliminated: the Socialist nominee in fact only got 6 percent of the vote. What’s more, the Communist Jean-Luc Melenchon got over 19 percent of the vote!
So it’s been a big night in general for populists, mavericks and outright radicals in France — sort of like what happened in the USA last election.