When French people elect their next president, they will be choosing between dramatically different visions of how the country’s future will look.
Candidates such as Jean-Luc Melenchon on the left and Marine Le Pen on the far right want to redefine France’s future relationship with the EU ; they’ve gone as far as mulling over the country’s withdrawal from the bloc.
Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, is a passionate defender of the EU and wants France to play an integral role in its future.
Europe is just one of the fault lines, with candidates also divided on the economy, foreign policy, immigration, and relations with France’s Muslim community.
Below is a guide to where the five-leading candidates stand on key issues affecting the country.
Candidates are positioned according to how they performed in an Ipsos opinion poll carried out on April 12 and 13.