THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will fight it out for the French presidency after the country’s two main parties lost out to the candidates in the first round of elections in April. The independent candidate Macron and far-right Le Pen offer France two very different visions. Describing himself as “left-wing” and a “liberal”, Macron is focused on social issues, such as freedom to practise religion in a secular state, equality and immigration. Le Pen, on the other hand, takes a hard right-wing stance on all of these issues. In the first round of elections, Macron took 23.8% of the vote and Le Pen took 21.5%. At the time of writing, both candidates are campaigning for their place in the Élysée Palace before the final vote on 7 May.