Macron and Le Pen advance to second round of French presidential election

Current French President Emmanuel Macron.A photo: BENOIT TESSIER

French President Emmanuel Macron and National Rally leader Marine Le Pen are entering the second round of the presidential election on April 24. DW.

According to the data provided by the election commission on Monday, April 11, after processing 96 percent of the ballots, the incumbent head of state enlisted the support of 27.41 percent of the voters who took part in the vote. Marine Le Pen has 24.03 percent. Third place in the race is occupied by the leader of the left party “Unsubdued France” Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who was supported by every fifth voter (21.57 percent).

At the same time, representatives of the traditional parties – socialists and conservatives – suffered a historic fiasco. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who represented the French Socialist Party, received 1.7 percent of the vote, Valerie Pecresse, a candidate from the center-right Republican party, was supported by 4.75 percent of voters.

The voter turnout in the first round of elections was relatively low – by 17:00 it was 65%, which is almost four and a half percentage points lower than in the elections in 2017 (69.42%), and five and a half lower than in 2012 (70.59%).

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