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The first round of the French presidential election was marked by an abstention

In the absence of final official results known, estimates reproduce the winning duo of the first round in the 2017 presidential election, with outgoing President Emmanuel Macron (28.4 percent) and far-right leader Marine Le Pen (23, 4) in the lead, followed by leftist Jean*Luc Melenchon (21.1), who managed to climb from a rank to third.

According to preliminary figures, the three candidates improved their results, with regard to the previous elections, but Macron managed to put more ground between them with his main rival, Le Pen, from the 2.71 points that separated them in 2017 to the estimated. Five this time.

The election day, which went quite badly, was marked by abstention follow-up that was expected to be historic, finally the second-highest in the past six decades, estimated at 26.2 percent, surpassed only by the registered registrar. In the first round of the 2002 presidential election, when it reached 28.4 percent.

Among the big losers are the two traditional parties on the French political scene in recent years, the Republicans, and the heirs to the UMP party led by Jacques Chirac. and the Socialist Party, both with the worst results in their history, leaving their candidates Valerie Pecresi and Ann Hidalgo with 4.7 and 1.8 points, respectively.

Nor did far-right candidate Eric Zemmour, whose initial ambitions were to oust Le Pen and reach the run-off alongside Macron, eventually win 7 percent of the vote.

Moreover, it was environmental candidate Yannick Gadot, whose score of 4.5 points is far from the expectations with which his party began the presidential campaign; center-right Jean LaSalle, who tripled his 2017 result with 3.2 percent of the vote; and communist leader Fabian Roussel, who received 2.4% of the vote.

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The right-wing populist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan finished with 2.1% of the vote. Mayor of Paris and Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo; and the two left-wing Trotskyists, Natalie Artaud and Philip Bhutto, who received 0.8 and 0.6 percent of the vote, respectively.

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