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

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By Lauren Chadwick
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)

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.

04.10.2022
17:52

Key points on the first round of France's presidential election:

  • French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have qualified for the runoff of France's presidential election.
  • With 97% of electors' votes counted on Monday morning, official figures put Macron on 27.6% of the vote, and Le Pen on 23.41%.
  • Several candidates have called on their supporters to vote against the far-right in the runoff election on 24 April including Yannick Jadot, Anne Hidalgo, and Valérie Pécresse.
  • Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon came in third in the first round of the election, his score of 21.95% within two points of 2nd placed Marine Le Pen. All other candidates won under 10%.
  • France's traditional left and right parties have 'collapsed almost completely', an expert told Euronews of the election results. Both the Socialists and Republicans received under 5% of the vote, which means they will have to pay for their campaign costs.

  • The abstention rate of 25.14% was high for a presidential election but not a record.

  • Here are six takeaways from the first round of France's presidential election.

  • How does the election system work? Here's a look at how the vote works.
  • The French president is afforded more powers than other European presidents. Here's a rundown of how the Fifth Republic works.
  • From inflation and the war in Ukraine to COVID-19 and the environment, there are a lot of topics that have played a role in the first round of this election.

04.11.2022
01:53

That's the end of our live coverage this evening. Follow our coverage throughout the week on Euronews.com.

04.11.2022
01:53

Six takeaways from the first round of France's presidential election

The first round of France's presidential election took place on Sunday with a high abstention rate and some of the same faces as the contest that took place five years ago.

President Emmanuel Macron remains the favourite to win the race but faces a tough challenge from far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Here are six takeaways from the first round of the presidential election in Europe's second-largest economy.
 

04.11.2022
01:52

Here are the election results based on 96% of votes counted

  • Emmanuel Macron --- 27.41%
  • Marine Le Pen --- 24.03%
  • Jean-Luc Melenchon --- 21.57%
  • Eric Zemmour --- 6.97%
  • Valérie Pécresse --- 4.75%
  • Yannick Jadot --- 4.49%
  • Jean Lassalle --- 3.25%
  • Fabien Roussel --- 2.33%
  • Nicolas Dupon-Aignan --- 2.12%
  • Anne Hidalgo --- 1.74%
  • Philippe Poutou --- 0.78%
  • Nathalie Arthaud --- 0.58%
04.11.2022
01:50

Greens ask for money after failing to achieve 5% threshold for campaign reimbursement

"The future of ecology is in peril. By making less than 5% in the first round of the presidential election, environmentalists will not be reimbursed for the costs incurred," the party said.

"This is very bad news for the planet because it puts the party of those who defend it in great difficulty. The fight for ecology is however more urgent than ever."

"To continue the fight that drives them, environmentalists must raise 2 million euros by May 15, 2022. Ecology needs you. Donate."

04.11.2022
01:20

Samuel Grzybowski, who organised the 'Popular Primary', calls on left-wing parties to form a parliamentary union

Grzybowski said if the Socialists, Greens, Communists and France Unbowed parties "sign a deal tonight and form a #ParliamentaryUnion, they can have a (non-absolute) assembly majority by winning in 250 constituencies and change the course of history for the planet and for us."

04.11.2022
00:53

Here are the election results based on 92% of votes counted

  • Emmanuel Macron --- 27.4%
  • Marine Le Pen --- 24.37%
  • Jean-Luc Melenchon --- 21.18%
  • Eric Zemmour --- 6.94%
  • Valérie Pécresse --- 4.76%
  • Yannick Jadot --- 4.44%
  • Jean Lassalle --- 3.29%
  • Fabien Roussel --- 2.35%
  • Anne Hidalgo --- 1.73%
  • Philippe Poutou --- 0.78%
  • Nathalie Arthaud --- 0.58%
04.11.2022
00:28

A breakdown of France's election results by town

Final results are coming in from France's interior ministry by town. Here's a breakdown on a map.

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04.10.2022
23:48

French election: Brussels favours Macron in second round of voting, says expert

Emmanuel Macron is the candidate of choice in the French presidential election for Brussels, according to one expert.

Eric Maurice from the Robert Schuman Foundation told Euronews that the French elections are being followed closely by the EU, where there's a clear awareness of what's at stake for the 27 member bloc.

“For the EU, the second round will ultimately be for continuity with Macron and a pro-European stance. So we can imagine that he is the preferred choice from the point of view of European partners and European institutions," Maurice said.

04.10.2022
23:23

'I want a France that is part of a strong Europe,' says Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron says he is the candidate for a "strong Europe" ahead of a presidential election run-off against Marine Le Pen.

"I want a France that is part of a strong Europe, that continues to forge alliances with the major democracies to defend itself," he said at his election night headquarters.

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Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have a fierce political rivalry. - Copyright AP Photo/Thibault Camus