French stocks soar as Macron tops poll

London • As relief rallies go, this may be as good as they come. European markets have jumped higher, with France’s main index hitting its highest level since early 2008, amid relief over the results of the first round of the French presidential election. Though Marie Le Pen of the far-right National Front came second with 21.5 percent of the vote and will contest the runoff on May 7, the favorite to be the country’s next president is the centrist Emmanuel Macron, who came top with around 24 per...

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