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Watch: France is choosing its next president. Here's why you should care

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By Euronews
Election campaign posters for Emmanuel Macron, left, and Marine Le Pen, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, southwestern France, Friday May 5, 2017.
Election campaign posters for Emmanuel Macron, left, and Marine Le Pen, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, southwestern France, Friday May 5, 2017.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Bob Edme   -  

French voters will on April 24 choose their next president after backing Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen for the second round.

Whether the French electorate will choose to stay the course and back the centrist incumbent or choose the far-right leader will have a big impact not just on the country, but also on the European Union and the West in general. France remains one of the world's leading economic and military powers.

Macron and Le Pen have widely different opinions on most topics from how to run the economy, France's role in the EU, and the EU's place in France as well as on foreign policy, the latter a particularly hot topic as Russia's invasion of Ukraine wages on.

Watch the video above to learn more about how these elections will impact you.