Five years ago, a newcomer called Emmanuel Macron swept aside France’s political traditions and became the youngest-ever president.
Now he is the incumbent seeking a second term.
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Macron, who has been leading European diplomatic efforts against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, launched his re-election bid by promising to defend the EU while raising pensions and cutting corporate taxes in France.
Opinion polls suggest a repeat of 2017 when Macron faced Marine Le Pen in the second-round.
The far-right candidate is among those who say Macron is out of touch with the French population.
So will the voters prove them right?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Hamid Chriet – political commentator
Gesine Weber – programme coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Paris Office
Jacques Reland – senior research fellow, The Global Policy Institute