Macron and Le Pen Advance to Second Round of French Presidential Elections
Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and right-wing Marine Le Pen will face each other in the second round of the French presidential election. Macron will arrive at 27.4 percent on Monday morning, with almost all votes counted.
Le Pen can count on 24 percent of the vote. According to many polls, their battle in the second round, on April 24, could become quite exciting.
Macron did slightly better than expected in the first round. Almost all defeated candidates also announced that they would support him in the second round. But rest assured, Macron certainly didn’t seem like it in his speech on Sunday evening. “Make no mistake: nothing has been decided yet,” he told his cheering supporters.
According to some polls, Macron can count on 54 percent of the vote in the second round and Le Pen on 46 percent. But some polls estimate the difference to be much smaller: 51 to 49 percent. In 2017, Macron defeated his rival Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election by a considerable margin. He then received 66.1 percent of the vote.
Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon finished third in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday. With 97 percent of the votes counted, he comes to almost 21.7 percent of the vote. Mélenchon did not literally advise his voters to vote for Macron in the second round after his loss but did so indirectly by calling on them to vote mainly against Le Pen.