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    Macron Winning in French Presidential Runoff With Some 62-65% - Exit Polls

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    2017 French Presidential Election: Round 2 (36)

    French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron, the leader of En March! movement, is leading in Sunday's second round of the presidential election with up to 65 percent of votes, Belgian RTBF radio reported, citing exit polls.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Belgian Le Soir newspaper reported citing exit polls that Macron is projected to secure 60 percent of votes.

    "[Macron] will be elected with some 62-65 percent of the votes," the broadcaster said.

    The first official results of the second round of the French presidential election will be provided by the country's interior ministry at 8 p. m. local time (18:00 GMT). French media outlets are prohibited to publish exit polls data before the official announcement of the election's results.

    The polling stations opened in France at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday. In the second round of the vote, two candidates face each other: independent Emmanuel Macron, the leader of "En Marche!" movement, who got 24 percent of the votes in the first round, and right-wing Marine Le Pen, who came second with 21 percent of the votes.

    As of 15:00 GMT Sunday, the turnout in the second round of the French presidential election is estimated at 65.30 percent, which is lower than during the first round of the election, held on April 23, when the turnout was 69.42 percent at the same time.

    The first round of the election took place on April 23.

    2017 French Presidential Election: Round 2 (36)


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