French Presidential Elections: Macron and Le Pen win first round
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For background on the elections and the candidates, see our previous article. The French presidential election process has begun, with a global turnout estimated at 77%, slightly down from 2012’s 79.48%. Emmanuel Macron led the polls with 23.77% of votes, an impressive feat considering the candidate’s young age (39) and lack of political experience compared to his opponents. Moreover, his centrist political party En Marche! was created only a year ago. Far-right FN candidate Marine le Pen finished second with 21.7% of votes, a considerable increase from the 17.9% she received at the 2012 elections.
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