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Macron Leads in 1st Round of French Election After Over 90% Votes Counted

© Sputnik / Alexey Vitvitsky / Go to the photo bankEmmanuel Macron, leader of En Marche! movement, center, is seen here in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage in the Pas-de-Calais department during the first round of the French presidential elections.
Emmanuel Macron, leader of En Marche! movement, center, is seen here in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage in the Pas-de-Calais department during the first round of the French presidential elections. - Sputnik International
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French presidential candidate Emanuel Macron leads in French presidential election after more than 95 percent of votes counted, according to French Interior Ministry data.

After 97.3 percent of votes counted, French presidential candidate Emanuel Macron maintains his lead with margin from his main rival far-right Marine Le Pen by 2.2 percent, gaining 23,86 percent of votes, while Le Pen has the support of 21.44 percent of French voters.

The figures revealed earlier that The Republicans' party nominee Francois Fillon was backed by 19.92 percent of the French voters, while far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon was supported by 19.24 percent.

At 7 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) the voting ended as the polling stations across France closed. Extension until 18:00 GMT is possible in some big cities. French media were prohibited by the law from publishing any preliminary results until the last polling stations were closed.

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