Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the recent results of the first round of the French presidential elections. Above all, these results represented a shattering of the status quo, with a complete collapse of the traditional parties of the centre left and the centre right.

The meteoric rise of Melenchon on the far left and Le Pen on the far right are another reflection of the political polarisation that is taking place in all countries, as workers and youth look for an anti-establishment alternative and a way out of this seemingly never-ending crisis.

Instead of supporting the so-called "lesser evil" of Macron against Le Pen, the French masses must now rediscover their revolutionary traditions and build the "Rebellious France" movement in order to overthrow capitalism and establish a socialist Europe.