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Emmanuel Macron did better than expected in the first round of the French elections, winning 27.6% of the vote. He will face far-right Marine Le Pen, who won 23.4%, in the second round on 24 April – an exact rerun of the 2017 election. Polls suggest it will be much tighter this time, says Tony Barber in the FT. A far-right French government “now appears closer to becoming reality than at any point in the Fifth Republic’s 64-year history”. Boris Johnson is back in the UK after his surprise visit to Kyiv on Saturday. The PM walked around the streets of the capital with President Volodymyr Zelensky, and pledged to provide Ukraine with armoured vehicles and anti-ship missile systems. Easter temperatures in parts of Britain are expected to hit 21C. “Phew! It’s a corker,” says the Daily Star. That’s “hotter than Majorca”.