French election: Voters could be left with choice of two extremes – Marine Le Pen or Jean-Luc Melenchon

Days before France goes to the polls in the first round of the presidential election, the country has never experienced such a level of uncertainty.

Four candidates are neck and neck – François Fillon for Les Républicains, Emmanuel Macron and his party En Marche!, Marine le Pen, leader of the Front National, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of La France Insoumise (France Unbowed). Every combination seems possible, even one seen by many as a catastrophic scenario: a second round with the far-right Le Pen up against the far-left Mélenchon.

“If one of these two candidates is elected, it will propel our country into

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