Macron and Le Pen in Second Round of France Presidential Election

Time: 8:08 p.m. CEST

Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen would compete for the presidential position in the second round of the presidential election. Projected results say both candidate will run on May 7 second round. According to projection, Macron would face Marine Le Pen in run-off. Turnout on the first round of the presidential election in about 80%, numbers that are the same with those in 2012 presidential election.

Right-wing leader Le Pen claims victory, even though some of the candidates who did not win enough votes, said in their speeches would support centrist Macron. Regardless with possible victory of Le Pen on May, France future as one of the founding members of the European Union is at stake. Francois Fillon, a defeated center-right candidate, said he would endorse Macron for the second round and added that Le Pen would lead France to failure.

Macron was never been into politics and he represents surprise of the night as a 39-year-old figure who can balance between the anti-immigrant rhetoric and complex necessity for integration into France society of people with different ethnic background. Voters went to the polls three days after the latest deadly attack in Paris. Eleven candidates participated in the race for the country’s next president and only two would face in a run-off round after two weeks.


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