“Results from the first round of the French presidential election are coming in, and centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen are emerging as the top two choices of the electorate.
“As no candidate scored more than 50 percent of the vote, the election will go to a second and final round, set for May 7.
“This situation is far from a surprise. Most recent polls had shown Macron in front, with Le Pen not far behind, and French presidential elections have gone to a second round every year since 1965, when the current electoral system was implemented.
“Make no mistake, however: This is already an election for the history books.”
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