An equation with two unknowns: How newspapers reacted to Macron and Le Pen wins in first round of French election

24 Apr

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-Right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France’s presidential election, remaking the country’s political landscape and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union.

Sunday’s outcome is a huge defeat for the centre-right and centre-left that have dominated French politics for 60 years, and also reduces the prospect of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain’s vote last June to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president in November.

French politicians on the left and right immediately urged voters to block Ms Le Pen’s path to power in the May 7 runoff, saying her virulently nationalist anti-EU and anti-immigration politics would spell disaster for France.

Here is how newspapers in France and around the world reacted to the results.

Le Figaro (France)

Newspaper Le Figaro says ” Right KO” on its front page. The paper says that the elimination of Conservative François Fillon followed by revolutionary Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon constitutes an “historic defeat” for the Right.

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