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Apr 10 6 tweets 2 min read
🔺 JUST IN: President Macron will face Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election run-off after coming top in the first round #FrenchElections2022…
The centrist incumbent emerged with a lead of about five percentage points over his populist rival. The run-off in a fortnight’s time, on April 24, will be a rerun of the 2017 presidential election, which was easily won by Macron
But Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing National Rally, remains hopeful that she can cause the greatest upset in recent French political history by taking the Elysée
Although exit polls said that Macron improved upon his 2017 first-round election result, commentators say the battle to come may be more difficult than five years ago
As polling booths closed, exit polls showed:

🔺 Macron – 28%
🔺 Le Pen – 23%

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