Voters narrowed the French presidential field from 11 to two in Sunday's first-round vote, and losers from across the spectrum called on their supporters to choose Macron in round two. And yesterday, he picked up 4.7 per cent of the vote - compared to 1.8 per cent in 2012. François Fillon of the Republican party finished third, while Benoît Hamon of the ruling Socialist Party came a distant fifth.
Measures of expected volatility of the euro - driven to their highest in a year by nerves ahead of the vote - collapsed back to relatively normal levels around 8.5 per cent, pointing to a fall in concern over anti-EU, anti-euro nationalist Marine Le Pen's chances next month.
But even without having progressed to the final round, Dupont-Aignan still wields power.
"The voters who voted for Mr. Melenchon are angry voters". His campaign are calling him the "king-maker", which may be pushing the truth somewhat.
The same polls show Macron defeating Le Pen by around 30 percentage points in two weeks time and that will allow players who have hedged - or dumped - their holdings of euro zone assets to buy back in.
Hitting that angle in Rouvroy, Le Pen, after urging "all patriots" on Sunday to rally behind her, on Monday handed out leaflets in which she pledged to "eradicate Islamist terrorism" and expel "Islamist foreigners".
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"I'm convinced a big majority of French are opposed to rampant globalisation", Le Pen said, in between selfies, in a town where she got more than 40 percent of the votes on Sunday and far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, also a harsh critic of globalisation and the political mainstream, came second.
Le Pen said late on Monday she was taking "a leave of absence" from leading the FN to focus on campaigning, in a move that appeared to be a mere formality that changes nothing in her campaign platform.
Speaking after last week's terror attack in France, US President Donald Trump said she was "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France". The turnout in the 2012 French presidential election was nearly identical. Of the two choices in the second round, the veritable "detonator" of dynamite isn't necessarily the one we might imagine. And the French presidential election has proven to be no different. And, just as in post-Brexit Britain, her hostility to the European Union could jeopardise research funding.
When the final numbers trickled in, Macron had almost 24 percent of the vote, followed by Le Pen at around 22 percent. But will those well to the Left of Macron - on university autonomy as well as many other issues - take a "purist" line and simply not bother to vote? Twenty-nine people were detained at the Bastille, where protesters waved red flags and sang "No Marine and No Macron!"
Protesters burned cars, danced around bonfires and dodged riot police overnight at the Place de la Bastille and Republique.