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Scrutineers at a polling station in Toulouse, southwestern France, count votes at the conclusion of the first round of the French presidential election, April 23.

Macron and Le Pen to Face Off for French Presidency

Apr 23, 2017 | 20:31 GMT

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and populist Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round of the presidential election in France and will face each other in the runoff vote. They each have wildly different views on what the future of France should look like, and these conflicting ideas will come to a head on May 7.

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    The Global Intelligence digest from Stratfor, for the Week of April 24, 2017
    Stratfor's graphic of the day features a standout geopolitical map, chart, image or data visualization reflecting global and regional trends and events.


    A decision to explore the national security implications of steel imports to the United States could signal a tactic being considered by the U.S. presidential administration to justify tariffs under WTO rules.
    The reforms are proceeding apace, but the government still faces a daunting road ahead.
    Though the British prime minister's call for elections in June could strengthen her hand for Brexit negotiations, it could also backfire on the ruling party.
    The West's disapproval helped the Turkish president tap a nationalist vein and carry his constitutional victory.
    Despite sharing an interest in derailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, their overtures so far have remained largely superficial.
    The rapid rise of populist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is stoking concerns in the United States about the future of Mexico's security and economic policies.
    Despite its high hopes, Russia's relations with the West are worse off today than they were at the start of the year.
    A growing number of Russians today never knew life without President Vladimir Putin, putting the longtime leader in an unfamiliar predicament.
    China's support of North Korea is likely to remain steadfast, but among policymakers in Beijing, the idea of replacing Kim Jong Un as its leader has gained adherents.
    A default by Petroleos de Venezuela on its debt would likely hamper oil production, leading to tighter food supplies and stirring up further unrest in Venezuela.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin brings flowers to honor the victims of Monday's explosion at St. Petersburg's Technological Institute metro station. Though Putin was in the city at the time of the bombing, he was not its target.