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Macron Wins First Round With 27.85 Percent of the Vote

Emmanuel Macron has won the first round of the French presidential election with 27.85 percent of the vote, preliminary results show.


The incumbent president will face right-wing Marine Le Pen in the next round. She received 23.15 percent of the vote.

Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon finished third with 21.95 percent of the vote. Voters could choose from twelve candidates on Sunday; in the second round on February 24, it will be between the two politicians with the most votes in the first round.

Just like in 2017, those are Macron and Le Pen again.

73.69 percent of French voters turned out in the first round of the election. The French Constitutional Council will announce the final election results by Wednesday.

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