French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist alliance was on track to win the largest number of seats in parliament, projections from polling firms showed, though it remains unclear if it will obtain a majority.
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to begin efforts to unite a deeply divided nation after winning re-election in a battle against rival Marine Le Pen that saw the far right come its closest yet to taking power.
President Emmanuel Macron is so far in the lead to win re-election over far-right rival Marine Le Pen with results predicted to be closer than in 2017.
President Emmanuel Macron accused far-right leader Marine Le Pen of trying to divide France, while the latter called on citizens to read her manifesto and wake up to what she called the failures of Macron's term.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the French far-left presidential candidate, has become a kingmaker, coming third in the first round. If Macron is cold-shouldered by Melenchon's supporters, far-right Le Pen might have a chance to snatch a victory.
Critics say Macron’s policies since he faced Le Pen in 2017 have marginalised many voters and served to legitimise her ‘softened’ image, making Sunday’s outcome more difficult to predict.
Prime Minister Jean Castex says conclusions can't be drawn on the April 24 runoff at this stage, adding that "we have to convince the French that Emmanuel Macron's programmes are the best for France".
Incumbent Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen came out on top in the first round of presidential vote, setting up an April 24 replay of their duel in 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron tops first round of presidential elections, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a larger than expected margin and setting up what is expected to be a tight run-off between the pair on April 24.
The first round of polls is projected to produce a run-off rematch between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen that could be far tighter than their duel five years ago.
Polling is underway for the first round of the country's presidential election, where up to 48 million eligible voters will be choosing between 12 candidates.
Here is a look at all the hopefuls — from Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to ruralist Jean Lassalle — and the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
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