‘Contrarian France’ makes Macron front-runner

Pro-globalization liberal wins first round at a time when right-wing nationalism has been on the up, and will face Front National populist Marine Le Pen in run-off

April 24, 2017 8:06 AM (UTC+8)
French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron arrives on stage to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, late on Sunday. Photo: AFP
French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron arrives on stage to deliver a speech at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, late on Sunday. Photo: AFP