Final results from France’s first round of presidential elections confirmed that centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and nationalist, anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen are heading into a runoff in two weeks, in what analysts describe as a political earthquake in France.
On Sunday, the French citizens participated in the election in order to choose one of the 11 nominees to become the country’s next leader after the end of incumbent President Francois Hollande’s tenure. Ahead of the vote, Macron and Le Pen, as well as Republican candidate Francois Fillon and independent leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon had almost similar chances to make it to the second round.
However, fortune smiled upon Macron and Le Pen, who gathered support of 23.86 percent and 21.43 percent of votes respectively, with 97 percent of votes counted, according to the data published on the French Interior Ministry’s website. Several media have published final results of the vote allegedly provided by the ministry, saying that Macron won 23.75 percent of the votes, while Le Pen got 21.53 percent. Both Fillon and Melenchon were supported by less than 20 percent of voters.
At the same time, Le Pen’s result was mostly owing to the support of the French regions. In the country’s capital she was backed by less than 5 percent of voters, while Macron won 34.83 percent of Parisian votes.