Sunday 25 June 2017

Europe and Ireland look to French voters

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! celebrates with supporters after the first round of 2017 French presidential election. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! celebrates with supporters after the first round of 2017 French presidential election. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Editorial

Editorial

It was uncertain right up to the close of polling stations all across France. But now we know that in a fortnight's time French voters will pick from two remaining contenders, as Emmanuel Macron faces off against the Front National's Marine Le Pen.

The outcome of that run-off vote on May 7 will shape the destiny of 500 million people across the European Union.

It has special importance for Ireland whose 44-year membership of the various manifestations of the EU have brought many benefits.

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