By Head of Media and Senior Campaign Agent Richard Wood
Macron and Le Pen projected to make it into second round
The initial projection for the first round of the French Presidential election suggests that centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have made it through to the second round, according to the BBC.
Projected results of top five candidates:
• Emmanuel Macron: 24% (En Marche)
• Marine Le Pen 22% (National Front)
• Francois Fillion 19% (Republican)
• Jean-Luc Melenchon 19%
• Benoit Hamon 7% (Socialist)
The results reflect the polls which have tended to put the top two candidates in the top two positions. If the projection is correct, which is likely, Macron and Le Pen will go through to the second round in two weeks, and the winner of the second round will become France’s next president.
The result is significant for a number of reasons:
• The Socialist candidate isn’t even in the top four let alone the top two, which is very significant as the current president is from the Socialist party.
• Neither of the top two candidates belong to the main two parties in France.
• This is the second time the National Front have made it into the second round. The first time was Le Pen’s father in 2002.
What do you think will happen in round 2?
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