The runoff vote in France’s presidential election is less than a week away, in a campaign that has seen major political upheaval in the republic. The two parties that traditionally traded the keys to the Elysée Palace, the Republicans and the Socialist Party, have been sidelined in favour of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, two disruptive candidates. Although Macron, head of the new En Marche! movement, is widely seen as the frontrunner against Le Pen (until recently the leader of the populist Front national), what happens after the election in the French legislature is likely to be the real drama. Canada’s former ambassador to France, Marc Lortie, joined the podcast to discuss this intriguing moment in French politics.

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Photo: French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Chatellerault, central France, Friday, April 28, 2017. Macron faces far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen off in a May 7 runoff election. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena/). Canadian Press.