NEW YORK—On April 23, the French people voted in the first round of their presidential elections. The two most-voted candidates, who will face each other in the final round on May 7, are Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Macron, from the centrist party En Marche!, received 24 percent of the votes and Le Pen, from the far-right National Front, 21.3 percent.

In a conversation with Hugo Bouvard from the Institute of French Studies at New York University, Simone Somekh analyzes the results of this first round of elections. Who are the candidates? What do these initial results reflect of French society and what do they mean for the broader political landscape in Europe? Are there any significant divides among voters? How did French expats in the United States vote? And what can we expect from the final round? Watch our video interview for insights on these and more issues.

Produced by Simone Somekh for the New York Transatlantic. Directed by Audrey Maxson.

Photo: radiowood (Licensed under Creative Commons).

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Born and raised in Turin, Italy, Simone Somekh has lived in Italy, Israel and the United States. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Journalism and European & Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is the author of the novel Grandangolo, released in Italian in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @simonsays101

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