From the Congressional Research Service, a report on France’s 2017 Presidential Election. Growing anti-Muslim rhetoric permeates French presidential election campaign. It’s France’s turn to worry about election meddling by Russia. Europe has problems, but Le Pen is not the answer. Marine Le Pen wants to kill the European Union — but it actually helps pay her bills. Le Pen’s inner circle fuels doubt about bid to “un-demonize” her party. French literary boy wonder Edouard Louis on saving the working class from Marine Le Pen. The rise of Jean-Luc Melenchon and France’s “post-democracy”: The new face of French populism has upended its presidential race — and perhaps the country’s future (and more and more).

French voters may end up choosing between a radical leftist and a neo-fascist. France’s best hope against a far-right takeover is an inexperienced former banker. Cole Stangler on the trouble with Macron.