Adam Taylor reports in The Washington Post today,
The results of the first round of the French election came late Sunday: Of the 11 candidates, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron came out on top, followed closely by far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Both progress to a second round of voting, set for May 7.
It’s a landmark election that saw France’s main political groupings pushed out by outsiders, but it wasn’t a surprise: The polls had been predicting a Macron-Le Pen runoff for some time. The final results were remarkably close to the average predictions of pollsters, as the chart below shows: