Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen qualified for the second round of the French presidential election, according to first estimates released Sunday evening by all the pollsters after the first round.
The results of the first round will have ultimately not booked a surprise compared to surveys. Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen are both qualified candidates for the second round on the 7th May. The candidate of En March! collects 23.9% of the votes; Marine Le Pen 21.7%. François Fillon and Benoît Hamon, the candidates of the major political forces are Republicans and the Socialist Party, are the two biggest losers of this round First Prev respectively achieving 19.2% and 6.3%
The participation rate was 69.42% on Sunday at 5pm, according to the interior ministry, down slightly compared to the first round of 2012 (70.59%) but one of the best in 40 years.
The abstention rate in the first round of the presidential election is expected to reach over the day between 19 and 22%, according to estimates from several polling organizations.