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Emmanuel Macron predicts winning French presidential election

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to win a second term, easily defeating right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen after polling stations are completed.

According to preliminary results, according to news agencies, Macron received 58.2% of the vote, while Le Pen received 41.8% of the vote.

The election pitted Macron, a centrist incumbent, against far-right nationalist Le Pen in an ideological duel that betrays France’s growing political divisions.

Macron, 44, ousted Le Pen in the first round of the two-tier ballot with 27.8% of the vote versus Le Pen’s 23.1%.

Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon came third with less than 22% of the vote.

French President and candidate of La Republique en Marche (LREM) party for Emmanuel Macron's re-election
Emmanuel Macron is expected to win re-election as French President.
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Sunday’s second-round voting ended at 8 p.m. in Paris – 2 p.m. Eastern time in the US – with the lowest turnout in two decades, French newspaper Le Monde said.

According to the Interior Ministry, about 63% of French voters went to the polls, up from 65% in the 2017 election when Macron was elected, the newspaper said.

According to one poll, Macron had a slight lead in the polls leading up to the runoff, with a 51 to 49 percent lead.

Marine LePen
Marine Le Pen is the leader of the country’s National Rally.
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But political analysts saw the incumbent as vulnerable, alarming leaders of the far-left European Union, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who were openly pro-Macron.

Le Pen, 53, lost the last election with 33% of the vote, while Macron trumped her with 66% of the vote. But the French have taken a swing to the right in the last five years.

Le Pen, the leader of the country’s National Assembly, has capitalized on growing disaffection among French voters, drawing crowds with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric – including a push to ban Muslim headscarves.

Posters of French President and re-election candidate Emmanuel Macron (L) and far-right French Rassemblement National (RN) party candidate for the French presidential election Marine Le Pen (R) are seen next to a polling station for the second round of the French presidential elections at the French Embassy in Kigali on April 24, 2022.
Emmanuel Macron received 58.2% of the votes, while Marine Le Pen received 41.8%.
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The right-wing activist has also been pushing for more independence from the EU, while Macron peddles closer ties with the Union.

Le Pen chastised Macron during the campaign for the president’s vocal push for sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and warned of the economic costs at home in France.

France’s two-tier electoral system still relies on paper votes and does not allow postal voting or early voting — an approach that has angered critics.

Emmanuel Macron addresses voters during a political rally April 16, 2022 in Marseille, France.
Emmanuel Macron addresses voters during a political rally April 16, 2022 in Marseille, France.
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Voters largely have to identify themselves and place their paper ballots in a box.

Only about 60 cities out of 35,000 French communes use voting machines, an experiment that was halted when purchases of the machines were halted in 2008 over security concerns.

With postal wires

https://nypost.com/2022/04/24/emmanuel-macron-projected-to-win-french-presidential-election/ Emmanuel Macron predicts winning French presidential election

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