Macron leads first round of French election, to face Le Pen in run-off

Macron leads first round of French election, to face Le Pen in run-off

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FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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President Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election.
President Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen in the second round of France’s presidential election. © FRANCE 24

French President Emmanuel Macron will face the far right’s Marine Le Pen in a presidential run-off on April 24 after leading the first round on Sunday with 27.6% of the vote to Le Pen’s 23.0%, according to an Ipsos exit poll. 

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  • Macron was projected to win 27.6% of the vote, ahead of Le Pen (23.0%) and third-placed Jean-Luc Mélenchon (22.2%), according to projections by our partners Ipsos Sopra Steria.
  • Some 48.7 million voters were called to the polls for Sunday’s first round. By 5pm, 65 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot, down 4.4 points on the previous election in 2017.
  • Twelve candidates, from the far left to the far right, were on the ballot for the first round. The two finalists will vie for France’s top job in two weeks’ time, on April 24.

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