President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

Emmanuel Macron (left) and Marine Le Pen (right)
Emmanuel Macron (left) and Marine Le Pen (right) Copyright AP Photo/Thibault Camus (left) and AP Photo/Lewis Joly (right)
By Lauren Chadwick
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French President Emmanuel Macron came first in France's presidential election with 27.6% and far-right leader Marine Le Pen came second with 23.4%, according to interior ministry figures.

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French voters took to the polls on Sunday in what was turned out to be a three-horse race for the presidential run-off among the 12 candidates.

This first round of the highly anticipated contest for leadership of Europe's second-largest economy saw President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen make it to the run-off on 24 April.

A quarter of registered French voters did not turn out. The abstention rate of around 25% was nearly three percentage points higher than in the last election in 2017.

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