Nervous days ahead for the West as Le Pen heads into second-round clash with Macron

PARIS — NATO and the European Union face a nervous two weeks after far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday qualified for the second round of the French presidential election to challenge Emmanuel Macron on April 24.

The French president won 27.6 percent of the vote at the end of the first round of voting. His rival Le Pen, a longtime admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, garnered 23.4 percent of the vote. It is Le Pen’s third appearance —and her highest ever showing — in the first round of a presidential election.

While polling suggests Macron should retain the presidency in two weeks, he is on course

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