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Macron and Le Pen through to French election run-off

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Macron and Le Pen through to French election run-off

<p>Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in the second round of the French elections.</p> <p>France voted against the traditional mainstream parties, meaning the keys to the Élysée Palace will be handed to an anti-establishment candidate after the May 7 run-off .</p> <p>Macron said his new party En Marche had “changed the face of French politics”, while Le Pen hailed the result as “historic”.</p> <iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=2554796&ThemeId=19714" width="100%" height="1000" frameborder="0"></iframe> <script id="infogram_0_france_2017presidential_election" title="FRANCE 2017 Presidential Election" src="//e.infogr.am/js/dist/embed.js?wjB" type="text/javascript"></script> <p>The result is a massive rejection of the ruling establishment: the two centre-right and centre-left groupings have dominated French politics for 60 years.</p> <p>Initial projections after polls closed at 8pm local time said Macron scored 23.7% in Sunday’s first-round ballot to Le Pen’s 21.7%.</p> <p>Latest figures from the Interior Ministry after 40 million votes counted show Macron with 23.54% of votes and Le Pen with 22.33%</p> <p>The figures do not include results from France’s major cities, where Le Pen’s level of support tends to be low relative to smaller towns and villages where counts were complete.</p> <p>Pollster projections pointed to a turnout approaching 80%.</p> <p>Macron is set to be elected president with nearly two thirds of the vote, according to two polls.</p> <p>The Harris Interactive poll for M6 television found that 64% of those surveyed would vote for the former economy minister while 36% were seen voting for Le Pen.</p> <p>Meanwhile, an Ipsos Sopra Steria poll for France Televisions said Macron was seen winning 62% of the vote to 38% for Le Pen.</p> <p>Le Pen vowed to defend France against “rampant globalisation”.</p> <p>She said: “This result is historic. It puts on me a huge responsibility to defend the French nation, its unity, its security, its culture, its prosperity and its independence.</p> <p>“The main thing at stake in this election is the rampant globalisation that is endangering our civilisation.”</p> <p>Macron called on all “patriots” to rally behind him against the threat of what he called “nationalists.”</p> <p>He said: “I want to be the president of patriots against the threat of nationalists.</p> <p>“In one year, we have changed the face of French politics.”</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Feuronews%2Fposts%2F10154888575348110&width=500" width="500" height="645" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe> thanks