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Macron, Le Pen ahead in French presidential race: Projection

Macron was projected to score 23-24 percent, with Le Pen at 21.6-23 per cent, according to several polling institutes.

Published: 24th April 2017 12:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th April 2017 12:26 AM   |  A+A-

Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron waves an European flag during a meeting in Nantes, Western France. | AP

By PTI

PARIS: Centrist Emmanuel Macron finished ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen today to qualify alongside her for the runoff in France's presidential election, initial projections suggested.

Macron was projected to score 23-24 percent, with Le Pen at 21.6-23 per cent, according to several polling institutes.

If the first-round result is confirmed, it would put the 39-year-old pro-Europe Macron within striking distance of the presidency.

He is on course to face eurosceptic, anti-immigration Le Pen in the May 7 vote seen as vital for the future of the ailing European Union. 



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