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Presidency within far-right's grasp in France

In France, long-time far-right politician Marine Le Pen has never been this close to winning the presidency. We look at what that could mean.
A picture taken on April 24, 2017, in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. Far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen is again in a run-off election with incumbent Emmanuel Macron, set for April 24, 2022. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday, French citizens will go to the polls to choose their next president. They have two choices: incumbent Emmanuel Macron, who is seen by many to have handled crises, like the pandemic, well but has struggled to shake the perception that he is out of touch and elitist.

Or, longtime far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has worked hard to reimagine her party, even though many of the core ideas — especially about immigration reform — remain. 

Some polls have the pair only a few percentage points apart — much closer than when they faced off in 2017. 

Sarah White, a Paris correspondent for The Financial Times, joins us to discuss why the race is so tight, and what it could mean if Le Pen wins.

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