Le Pen trails Macron

In the first round of the presidential elections in France, which takes place on April 10, incumbent head of state Emmanuel Macron gains 24.7%his closest rival, the leader of the right-wing National Rally party, Marine Le Pen – 23.5%, according to new exit polls.

In third place is Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the far-left France Insubordinate party, with 19% of the vote, while far-right Eric Zemmour and center-right Republican candidate Valerie Pécresse are tied for fourth with 8%.

In France, there is a ban on the publication of polls before the end of the voting. The fine for violating the ban is 75,000 euros. Exit poll data is published by the Belgian media.

Polling stations in France opened at 8:00 a.m. Paris time (9:00 a.m. Moscow time). They will work until 20:00 Moscow time, and in large cities such as Paris and Marseille – until 21:00 Moscow time.

Voting takes place in two rounds, the first will take place on April 10, the second on April 24. There are 12 candidates running for the highest state post. About 49 million voters can take part in the elections, writes RIA Novosti.

Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.

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