Sunday’s presidential vote in France will be an election for the ages. euroskeptic extremists on the left and the right are both polling surprisingly well, and hope to draw enough voters from a fractured center to put them over the top.
Centrist candidates are putting forth populist or anti-immigrant plans, hoping in turn to woo enough voters away from the far-left or far-right to make the May 3 run-off.
This election has repercussions far beyond the borders of France. The fate of the European Union and the stability of Western Europe hang in the balance.