France Eyes Macron-Le Pen Runoff After First Voting Round

Analysis and commentary about the first presidential voting round in France.

  • The French voted in the first round of their presidential election on Sunday.
  • The centrist Emmanuel Macron placed first with 24 percent support, followed by nationalist party leader Marine Le Pen at 21 percent.
  • The center-right François Fillon, the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the ruling Socialist Party’s Benoît Hamon were eliminated from the contest.
  • A runoff between Macron and Le Pen is scheduled for May 7.
  • Surveys have Macron ahead by 20 to 30 points.





Emmanuel Macron En Marche! 24%
Marine Le Pen National Front 21%
François Fillon Republicans 20%
Jean-Luc Mélenchon France Unbowed 20%
Benoît Hamon Socialist Party 6%