Bonjour! It's presidential election season in France, and this year a lot more people than usual are paying attention.
Many are watching to see if France will join the wave of populist nationalism sweeping the globe, with far-right leader — and Trump admirer — Marine Le Pen running a close second in the latest polls.
This being France though, things are a ~little~ complicated. The election includes two separate votes: a first round on April 23, between the 11(!!!) presidential hopefuls, and a May 7 runoff between the top two, if no candidate earns more than 50% of the votes.
This system means it's possible for a candidate to win the first round of the election but lose in the second. Weird? Well, not if you can think of a electoral system where you can lose the election even after winning the popular vote.
OK — allons-y! Let's meet some of the people who want to be the next president of France.
We also have a quick rundown that compares the candidates to different kinds of Haribo candy, if you want the short and, um, sweet version.