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France elections: Macron and Le Pen headed for run-off vote on April 24th

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French President Emmanuel Macron has won the first round of the French election and far-right rival Marine Le Pen will fight him for the presidency for a second time. However, political experts are saying that this time it won’t be as easy as it was for him in 2017.

With most of the votes counted, Emmanuel Macron had 27.42% of the vote, Marine Le Pen 24.03%, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon 21.57%.

Emmanuel Macron said to his supporters, “Make no mistake, nothing is decided, You must not give a single vote to Marine Le Pen.” Jean-Luc Mélenchon might end up being the kingmaker.

There were 12 candidates in the running, however, these were the only three who polled more than 10%. Many polls are favoring President Macron but the difference is very thin. Ifop pollster François Dabi said his company's 51%-49% estimate was the closest they had ever predicted.

Ms. Le Pen said that voters have to make a fundamental choice on April 24th, “Either division and disorder, or a union of the French people around guaranteed social justice.”

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