For John, BLUF: A sprint to the finish with a lot of "Trump" comparisons and concerns about the coming Apocalypse. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is the late Sunday situation per The New York Times and Reporter Alissa J Rubin.
Here is the lede plus one:
In France’s most consequential election in recent history, voters on Sunday endorsed Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen — one a political novice, the other a far-right firebrand — both outsiders but with starkly different visions for the country, early returns and projections indicated.There you have it, Mr Emmanuel Macron and Ms Marine Le Pen.
The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path at a critical moment when France’s election could also decide the future of the European Union. The two candidates appeared to be headed to a runoff on May 7.
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Regards — Cliff