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Beginner's guide to elections

France is about to pick a new president. C’est bien, you say, but you’re still recovering from the tectonic shifts of 2016. (Brexit! Trump!) You really should pay attention, though. One of Europe’s most important countries will end up being run either by a far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, or someone who’s never held elected office, centrist Emmanuel Macron. Either way, the result will ripple across the globe.

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