Centrist candidate and former minister of economy Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday came out on top in the first round of the French presidential election, according to projections by polling agencies and official partial results.
The first round result is an epochal political upheaval for France. For the first time in the nearly 60-year history of the Fifth Republic, neither of the candidates of the established parties of left and right will be in the run off.
Emmanuel Macron won the presidential election’s first round at the weekend
At 39, Emmanuel Macron has a real chance of becoming France's youngest-ever president. He is not an MP and has never stood for election before, but his political rise has been meteoric. A former investment banker, Macron worked as economic adviser to President François Hollande - a Socialist - before taking up the post of economy minister in 2014.
Bridget（left）and her daughter
The Childhood of Macron
But politics wasn’t always Emmanuel’s Macron’s ambition. At school in Amiens, he wanted to be a novelist.
He had a reputation as a brilliant, precocious boy, remembers Antoine Marguet, his class-mate from the private Jesuit school.
“Everyone who came across him knew at the time that he was somebody extraordinary - that he was different.”
The young Bridget teacher（left）
'He [Macron] came to audition for a part in the play and I watched him. I just found him incredible. He had such presence.'
Someone who certainly saw him that way was Brigitte Trogneux, his drama teacher. “He wasn’t like the others,” she told a French documentary last year, “he wasn’t a teenager. He had a relationship of equals with other *****s.”
The school days of Macron
One day, she remembers, he came to her with plans to write a play together for her final year drama class. “I didn’t think it would go very far,” she said. “I thought he would get bored. We wrote, and little by little I was totally overcome by the intelligence of this boy.”
After performance, Macron took a bow in the stage
Macron left Amiens to finish his schooling in Paris, vowing to marry his former teacher. 'At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me, 'Whatever you do, I will marry you!',' Miss Trogneux told Paris Match magazine last year.
The whole family of Macron in the weeding ceremony of his stepdaughter
The couple finally married in 2007 – although she did not take his name – and Miss Trogneux is now campaigning by his side. 'I don't hide her,' Mr Macron told a French TV channel this week. 'She's here in my life, she has always been.'
Macron kissed his wife in the stage after wining the first round election
During a speech last month, the pair kissed on stage with Mr Macron telling supporters: 'I owe her an enormous amount because she has contributed to make me the person I am.'
He told of how his wife would never be 'behind him', adding: 'If I'm elected – no, sorry, when we are elected – she will be there, with a role and a place.'
Nicolas Sarkozy, the pre-president of French and his third wife-Carla•Bruni
Francois Hollande, the incumbent French president and his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler
Remake the “failed” and “vacuous” French political system; relax labour laws; cut business taxes; reform unemployment system; encourage social mobility; cut public spending (but boost investment); shrink public sector; reduce number of MPs; establish eurozone government; hire 10,000 more police and gendarmes.
✦Unify France's complex pension system, made up of 35 different public schemes
✦Cut 120,000 public-sector jobs and bring down the budget deficit
✦Slash corporation tax from 33% to 25% and let companies renegotiate 35-hour week
✦Send more teachers to deprived areas, ban mobile phone use in schools for under-15s
✦Strengthen EU ties, and tighten integration between eurozone countries
✦€50bn (£43bn; $53bn) public investment plan to cover job-training and shift to renewable energy