President Macron was out campaigning in some of northern France’s poorest industrial towns today – one of the heartlands of his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen – after last night’s results revealed there is everything to play for in two weeks time.

Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French elections with a slightly better margin than expected, taking 27.84% of the vote, compared to Le Pen’s 23.15%. Yet supporters of the National Rally leader are buoyant: this is the best a far-right candidate has ever done in the first round of national elections.