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How the economic case stacks up in the French presidential election

Business Line looks at the high stakes for Europe and its fragile economic recovery as outsiders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen face off.

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How the economic case stacks up in the French presidential election

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Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have made it to the second round of France’s most unpredictable presidential election amid major anti-establishment sentiment.

The two outsiders will now face off in the second – decisive – round on May 7, shaking up not only French politics, but also the European political landscape.

The candidates hardly agree on anything from immigration to the country’s future within the European Union.

Investors believe the stakes are high with possible consequences for the whole region and its fragile economic recovery.