Macron Leading in First Round of French Election With 24% – Exit Poll

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is winning the first round of the French presidential election with 24 percent of the votes, Belgian media reported Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the RTBF broadcaster, citing the data of several research institutes, the National Front’s candidate Marine Le Pen, The Republicans’ nominee Francois Fillon and left-wing independent candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon would have between 18 percent and 20 percent of the votes each.

The first official results and exit polls will appear in the French media only after the last polling stations are closed, which will happen in about two-three hours.

On Sunday, over 66,000 polling stations opened in France at 8 a.m. local time (6:00 GMT). About 47 million voters are expected to cast ballots, choosing among 11 presidential candidates. The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later in the day, when the polls close.

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