Centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face each other in a 7 May runoff for the French presidency.
This after coming first and second in Sunday's first round of voting, as early projections indicated.
Analysts argue that voters appear to have snubbed the country's political establishment in favour of a newcomer.
Macron, a former investment banker who has never before stood for elected office and now becomes the favorite to become France's next President.
International relations expert Professor John Stremlau says Macron's support and endorsements mark the end of an old 'left versus right' political divide.
He explains that European politics have an impact on South African's economy and explains what's at stake in the French elections.
This is an historic election for Europe and it will ripple down to other parts of the world.— Professor John Stremlau, international relations expert
Take a listen to Prof Stremlau's analysis: