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Macron and Le Pen are now in a battle for the soul of France

Macron and Le Pen are now in a battle for the soul of France

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen took her party to within reach of power on Sunday with a second-place finish in the country’s presidential election that catapulted her into a runoff with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.

The result pits the "French-first" Le Pen, who is staunchly anti-immigrant and proposes a national, “Brexit”-style referendum on leaving the European Union, against the outward gazing Macron, who proposes greater EU integration.

The two-week runoff campaign promises to be a battle for the soul of France that will decide not only the country's future, but that of the EU.

Few political experts expect...

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