Pollsters picked the two candidates to make it into next month’s French presidential election run-off, going some way to restoring their reputation in financial markets before other important votes across Europe.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron won Sunday’s first round vote with 23.91 percent. Far-right nationalist and anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen came in second with 21.42 percent, almost exactly as polls predicted.
Markets lost faith in polls after they failed to predict that Britain would vote to leave the European Union and that Donald Trump would become U.S. president.
But the French vote, which followed accurate polling of the Dutch election in March, will go some way to restoring faith in them before the second round of the French vote and other major elections in Britain, Germany and Italy.
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