Macron ready to face Le Pen in the second round of the French presidency | News

President Emmanuel Macron is set to face nationalist rival Marine Le Pen in the final round of the French election in a replay of their 2017 contest.

Macron won around 28% of the vote to around 24% for Le Pen, according to pollster projections based on partial results from Sunday’s first ballot. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon was third with around 20%. The top two candidates will stand in a run-off on April 24 to decide who will lead Europe’s second-largest economy.

A late rise in support for Le Pen has drawn attention to French political risk and investors will be watching closely over the next two weeks for signs that the 44-year-old president can consolidate his advantage. The yield on 10-year French bonds hit a seven-year high last week on concerns over the prospect that a nationalist with longstanding sympathies for Russia would take power amid war in Ukraine.

“The numbers are quite encouraging,” said Andrea Cicione, head of research at TS Lombard. “There is a significant gap between Macron and Le Pen. So if this is carried over to the second round, it seems like a pretty good development for the markets, especially the bond markets. »

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For Le Pen, 53, projections suggest a record outcome that would cement his position as France’s far-right leader and continue the movement’s advancement begun under his father 20 years ago. They also show that the deep divisions that emerged when they last faced off five years ago have only gotten worse.

Addressing her vocal supporters in Paris after the polls closed, Le Pen called on voters to unite behind her to oust Macron.

“Anyone who did not vote for Emmanuel Macron today, of course, should join this movement,” she said. “I call on French people on the left or on the right, whatever their origin, to join this great national and popular movement.”

“The stars are aligned,” said Gilles Pennelle, a Le Pen supporter, as the crowd sang the French national anthem and were stuck in a spread that included bottles of champagne with labels reading “Marine Presidente” as well only cheese, charcuterie and bagels. .

The atmosphere at Macron’s event was muted by comparison. Even if the president is re-elected, he will face obvious challenges in pushing through his economic and social reforms and could struggle to defend his majority in legislative elections scheduled for June.

Macron only started campaigning about a week ago. After Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, he shifted his focus from domestic politics to international affairs, portraying himself as a statesman in turbulent times. But as voters’ fear that the war would engulf the entire region began to fade, the wave of support that had pushed Macron’s popularity to 51% faded.

By the time Macron turned his attention to the election, Le Pen had cast himself as the defender of ordinary people and defined Macron’s reputation as the “president of the rich.”

Both candidates took advantage of the impotence of the center-left Socialist Party and the center-right Republicans, which imploded when Macron emerged to dominate the political center five years ago.

Le Pen has shown resilience in this election, but she has also been directly aided by her rival Eric Zemmour, a former TV pundit convicted three times of hate speech, who made her appear more moderate. He came in fourth with around 7%. Zemmour’s Reconquete party will urge its supporters to vote for Le Pen in the second round, the nationalist’s niece, Marion Marechal, told TF1 television.

Green leader Yannick Jadot and Republican candidate Valerie Pecresse, who both got nearly 5%, called on their supporters to vote for Macron, although Pecresse accused the president of stoking support for Le Pen.

“By sparing extremes and avoiding democratic debate, Emmanuel Macron played with fire and made France take a huge risk,” Pecresse said in his concession speech. “We could all pay the price.” Melenchon told his supporters not to give “one vote” to Le Pen, despite not endorsing Macron.

Much now hinges on the presidential debate scheduled for April 20.

Le Pen is known for her disastrous performance against Macron in the 2017 campaign and has worked with advisers to ensure she is better prepared this time around. But the president is a formidable adversary, known for his photographic memory and ability to dodge tough questions with long, convoluted answers.

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