Macron and Le Pen will compete in the second round in France

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According to the polls of the first round of the presidential election in France, President Emmanuel Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen advanced to the second round.

The first round of voting for the presidential election, in which 12 candidates competed, ended at 20:00 local time.

According to the polls prepared by public broadcasters France Info, Le Monde and France 24, no candidate gained the necessary 50 percent absolute majority in the first round to be elected president.

Accordingly, Macron won the first round of the election with 28.1 percent of the vote. Le Pen was second with 23.3 percent.

The far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon received 20.1 percent, the far-right Eric Zemmour 7.2 percent and the centre-right Republican Party’s candidate Valerie Pecresse 5 percent.

Green Party President and European Parliament MP Yannick Jadot got 4.4 percent and the Socialist Party (PS) candidate, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, got 2.1 percent.

Macron and Le Pen, who took the first two places in the first round, will compete in the second round of voting to be held on April 24.

The official results of the first round of elections will be announced by the Constitutional Court on 13 April.

The winner in the second round will take over his post until 13 May.

Macron and Le Pen were the candidates who finished the first round of the presidential election in the top two places in 2017.

Macron, who received 66.1 percent of the votes in the second round, was elected president.

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