The president must convince the less prosperous half of his country that liberal reform will benefit them too.
Polls point to the biggest parliamentary majority for an incoming French president since Charles de Gaulle.
Both the Republicans and Socialists are divided three ways. Many lawmakers do not even seek reelection.
France has an advantage over the United States: its two-round system allows third parties to thrive without playing spoiler.
Marine Le Pen is seen as part of the same populist backlash that led a majority of British voters to support Brexit.
The former economy minister defeats the leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, in the presidential runoff.
Both presidential candidates have criticized France’s cozy relations with the Persian Gulf state.
Refusing to vote for an uninspiring social democrat and ending up with a xenophobe. Sound familiar?
The same urban-rural and educational splits we saw with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump appear in France.
If a President Emmanuel Macron struggles to implement his reform agenda, the far right could rise again.
France’s traditional parties have failed to adapt to a shift in the political landscape that is happening across Europe.
Analysis and commentary about the first presidential voting round in France.