Looking at France do we need a change in electoral process/schedule?

I read that France's elections for President officially kicked off yesterday and the first round is set for April 21 and the second for May 5 assuming no candidate obtains 50% and it got me thinking. What do we gain in the US by having this extremely protracted electoral process? Also in France during the electoral calendar the television channels give equal access to the different candidates. As far as I understand it money plays a really minor role in their process. I cannot understand why we need so much time and money to have our elections. We must be the only country in the world that does it this way and what do we gain from it?

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