Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

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Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

A man casts his vote in the first round of the French presidential election in Montreuil, outside Paris, Sunday, April 10, 2022.   —  

French voters took to the polls on Sunday in what’s expected to be a tight race for the 12 presidential candidates.

This first round of the highly anticipated contest for leadership of Europe’s second-largest economy will determine which two candidates make it to the next election on 24 April.

Turnout was at 65% at 5:00 pm CET, several points lower than what it was at that time in the last election in 2017.

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Here are the latest updates on the French election:

    Turnout was at 65% at 5:00 pm, nearly five points lower than in the last election in 2017, when it was 69.42% at the same time.12 candidates are running in the first round of France’s presidential election. Here’s a look at some of the contenders.How does the election system work? Here’s a look at how the vote runs.The French president is afforded more powers than other European presidents. Here’s a rundown of how the Fifth Republic works.From inflation and the war in Ukraine to COVID-19 and the environment, there are a lot of topics that have played a role in the first round of this election.

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Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo calls on people to vote for Emmanuel Macron

Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo called on people to vote for Emmanuel Macron, after she received the lowest score for the traditional left party in its history at an estimated 2.1%.

Hidalgo said to vote «against the extreme right of Marine Le Pen» on 24 April by voting for Macron.

«I would like to tell you…that I will continue to put all my energy as a female politician and citizen for a republican France that is stronger and more beautiful because it’s more just.»

She added that they would work to unite the «dispersed left» that «did not know how to unite when it needed to in the fall,» Hidalgo added.

 

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French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election, exit polls show

Emmanuel Macron is largely ahead in the first round of the presidential election with 28.1% of the vote, followed by Marine Le Pen at 23.3%.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is in third place with 20.1%, according to France’s national television broadcaster. Far-right TV personality Eric Zemmour received 7,2%, according to projections.

Conservative candidate Valérie Pécresse received 5% and Greens candidate Yannick Jadot received 4.4%.

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Follow our live television coverage, with first estimations expected at 8pm CET

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What do young voters think about France’s presidential election?

From workers to students, many of France’s young have become increasingly disillusioned by politics.

Euronews spoke to several young people about what they think about politics ahead of the April 10 presidential election.

Here’s what they had to say.


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

Young voters spoke to Euronews about what they want in candidates and what they think about France’s presidential election. — Copyright Euronews19:35

France’s presidential candidates vote across the country


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French far-left party Lutte Ouvriere (LO) presidential candidate Nathalie Arthaud votes in Paris. Thomas SAMSON / AFP


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French ecologist party Europe Ecologie–Les Verts (EELV) presidential candidate Yannick Jadot takes ballots before voting in Paris. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French ruralist party Resistons! presidential candidate Jean Lassalle votes in Lourdios-Icheres, south-western France. GAIZKA IROZ / AFP


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French far-right party Debout La France (DLF) presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan casts his ballot at a polling station in Yerres, south-east of Paris. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP19:26

France’s presidential candidates vote across the country


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

Conservative candidate Valérie Pécresse votes in Paris. AP Photo/Michel Euler


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French far-right candidate Eric Zemmour votes in Paris. AP Photo/François Mori


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

Anti-capitalist candidate Philippe Poutou votes in Bordeaux. AFP


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French communist candidate Fabien Roussel votes in Amand-les-Eaux, northern France. FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP19:21

France’s presidential candidates vote across the country


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French President Emmanuel Macron votes in Le Touquet, northern France. AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen votes in Henin-Beaumont, northern France. AP Photo/Michel Spingler


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French socialist presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo in Paris. AP Photo/Lewis Joly


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon votes in Marseille, southern France. AP Photo/Daniel Cole19:16

Take a look at our video explainer on France’s presidential candidates and what they’re proposing.

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How powerful is France’s president?

“We have a president in France who presides over the Republic, who controls the government, who controls parliament, who controls the Constitutional Court. It makes a super president,» said Christophe Chabrot, a senior lecturer in public law at the Lumiere University Lyon 2.

This is in part due to the election by universal suffrage and the president’s ability to appoint a prime minister to lead the government.

The timing of the two elections also reinforces the French president’s power with the parliamentary election coming about a month later which assures that whoever wins the presidency will win a parliamentary majority.

“You don’t change your political opinion in a month. So the election of the legislature will often give the same majority as that of the president,” Chabrot said.

Read more about France’s presidency and 5th Republic here.


Live: Macron and Le Pen qualify for second round of presidential election

French President Emmanuel Macron sits at his desk after addressing the French nation at the Elysée Palace in Paris, 2019. — Copyright Yoan Valat, Pool via AP

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