It looks like Le Pen and Macron advance to the final round.
Macron was in the lead in the first round, and is expected to get a lot of the votes of the losing candidates in this final run off, mostly as a vote against Le Pen.
EU and other world powers are sighing some relief. One election in one country is apparently enough to worry them. That should show how vulnerable they feel.
So much focus in light of Brexit and the Trump presidency, a worry of a continuing "populist" wave. Although there may be some truth to this, I don't know if we can interpret electoral victories or losses to be reflective of the rise or decline of this phenomenon either way. These movements extend far beyond electoral politics, and their influence will be judged outside routine voting cycles.
If there was no Electoral college system in the US and if it was by pure popular vote, then Trump would not have won. Does that say anything about the populist phenomena? Brexit was very close, but could have gone either way. It shocked elite policy thinkers, but perhaps they made a miscalculation that being pro-EU was the default majority position to begin with. Perhaps it was widely held for some time, long before talk of populist insurgence. So the Brexit vote may have been based on old views, not new feelings from the current political wave. Britain, as an island in the West, has always had a love/hate relationship with mainland Europe. That's nothing new. So a small majority voting to leave could have happened anytime, should not be surprising. Yes, recent developments may have pushed the vote a few numbers over the edge, but I think most votes for Brexit were fixed long ago. They just needed an opening.
With procedural goal posts, it's too unclear. If France's system to elect the president was like the US Electoral College, Le Pen could have won, and eggheads would be drawing different conclusions from now. Perhaps this populism talk is a thing to dangle and a boogeyman to scare the easily scared cosmopolitan class.
Nobody knows what they're talking about.