FRANCE’S MACRON APPEARS SET FOR ELYSEE IN RUNOFF WITH LE PEN
4 Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for the May 7 runoff alongside farright leader Marine Le Pen. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, new opinion polls on Sunday had him easily winning the final clash against the 48-year-old Le Pen. Sunday’s outcome is a huge defeat for the two center-right and center-left groupings that have dominated French politics for 60 years. Anti-fascists clash with police forces as they demonstrate in Paris on Sunday following the announcement of the results.