The final ballot may not be a doddle for Emmanuel Macron, as neither candidate represents a mainstream party.
But some Republicans are worried over what they see as an over-complicated and confused strategy, which is already causing problems.
FINAL COUNT UPDATE: Pro-European Emmanuel Macron wins by more than two percentage points over nationalist Marine Le Pen and remains the favourite to win the runoff on May 7.
Nick Smith is not good at retail politics. The problem is, election years are all about retail politics.
As the newly-minted Finance Minister's new budget approaches, Lisa Owen asks him if the so-called rock star economy still rocking, and is it time to start sharing the wealth around?