Macron and Le Pen top French Poll

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron is the favourite to be the next  French President, having come top in the first round of voting. He will face National Front leader Marine Le Pen  in  the run off election on 7 May 2017. If he wins  at 39, he will be the youngest French head of state since Napoleon.

The incumbent president François Hollande of the Socialist Party  decided not to run because of poor approval ratings. The candidate for the Socialist Party, Benoit Hamon  received  just 6% of the vote.

The presidential election will be followed by the for  members of the National Assembly  (the French parliament) on 11 and 18 June.

The full results of the first round vote were as follows:

Candidate Party 1st round
Votes  %
Emmanuel Macron En Marche! 8,528,585 23.86%
Marine Le Pen National Front 7,658,990 21.43%
François Fillon The Republicans 7,126,632 19.94%
Jean-Luc Mélenchon La France insoumise 7,011,856 19.62%
Benoît Hamon Socialist Party 2,268,838 6.35%
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Debout la France 1,689,686 4.73%
Jean Lassalle Résistons! 433,996 1.21%
Philippe Poutou New Anticapitalist Party 392,454 1.10%
François Asselineau Popular Republican Union 329,951 0.92%
Nathalie Arthaud Lutte Ouvrière 231,660 0.65%
Jacques Cheminade Solidarity and Progress 65,076 0.18%

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