24 Apr 2022

Macron v Le Pen: France votes for next president

Europe Editor and Presenter

All eyes are on Paris tonight as votes are cast in the French election.

In Berlin, they are hoping that Emmanuel Macron with his pro-EU agenda will prevail.

In Moscow, Vladimir Putin is hoping for the opposite. He has been close to the Euro-sceptic Nato-sceptic Marine Le Pen and one of his banks even helped finance a previous election campaign.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. The mood in France is febrile and yet voter apathy and protest votes have threatened to dominate this election.