Macron defeats Le Pen in the first round

Emmanuel Macron is on course to defeat Marine Le Pen in the first round of election votes, despite Le Pen having been predicted for week to be on top in the first.

Macron is predicted to have 23.7% of the votes, while Le Pen trails by 2% on 21.7%.

Voting continues but historically, after hours of counting, not much changes, so it seems Macron will come out on top.

The second round of voting will be between the two on the 7th May, but as Le Pen couldn’t even come first in the first round of votes, its seems even more unlikely she will occupy the Élysée Palace after the 7th May.

Hard-leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Conservative François Fillon battle out for third, both on 19.5%. This first round saw the collapse of the Parti-Socialise, with their candidate Benoit Hamon gaining 6.2%.

by Berk Bektas

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