The outgoing president and candidate of the Republic in March (LREM), Emmanuel Macron, won 27.84% of the vote against 23.15% for the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, after the first round of the presidential election disputed on Sunday, according to the final results communicated by the Ministry of the Interior on Monday.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of rebellious France, won 21.95% of the vote, while the other representative of the far right, the polemicist Eric Zemmour obtained 7.07% of the vote.
In fifth position comes Valérie Pécresse, candidate of the Republicans (LR) with 4.78% of the vote, followed by the ecologist Yannick Jadot (4.63%), Jean Lassalle (Résistons / 3.13%), Fabien Roussel (PCF / 2.28%), Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Debout La France / Right) (2.06%), the socialist Anne Hidalgo (1.75%), Philippe Poutou of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (0, 77%) and Nathalie Arthaud (Worker struggle / far left) with 0.56% of the vote.
The abstention rate reached 26.31% during this first round, a figure higher than the 22.23% recorded in the first round in 2017, but less than the record set in 2002 with an abstention of 28.40%.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be decided in a second round which promises to be very tight on April 24.
The polls carried out on Sunday after the first round give victory in the second round to Mr. Macron with between 51% and 54% of the vote, against 46-49% for the representative of the National Rally (RN). However, observers believe that nothing is settled and that the election remains open to all possibilities.
The two candidates thus have two weeks to convince the voters and rally the support of the country’s different political sensibilities, in particular the sympathizers of the candidates who lost in the first round and who gave instructions to their activists to vote for one or the another candidate.