The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate. Mr Macron leads with 23.7% in first round voting while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, an Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll suggests. Opinion polls in the run-up to the ballot consistently saw Mr Macron defeating his rival in the final round. The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
...Whoever wins the next round, the voting marks a shift away from the leftist and centre-right parties that have long dominated French politics.