Europe and Ireland look to French voters
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.