French election 2022 live updates: Macron and Le Pen to go head-to-head as other candidates get behind president

Marine Le Pen votes in first round of French presidential elections in Henin Beaumont

Emmanuel Macron looks set to face off Marine Le Pen for who will be the next French president in two weeks’ time, according to projections released as voting in the first round closed.

Both candidates were forecast to have receive the most votes, which would progress them to the second round of the French presidential election in a head-to-head contest with strong echoes of election five years ago.

Mr Macron, the centrist current president was in the lead from Sunday’s vote with between 27 to 29 per cent of ballots cast in his favour, according to the projections.

Meanwhile far-right Ms Le Pen was expected to capture the second-largest proportion of votes at 23 to 24 per cent.

Such results would mark the end of the road for the other 10 contenders, who include far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon, far-right Eric Zemmour and Anne Hildago, the mayor of Paris.


Macron would reach 54% and Le Pen 46% in second round, Ipsos poll

Emmanuel Macron would reach 54 percent and Marine Le Pen 46 percent in the second round of the French presidential election, according to a new Ipsos poll.

Holly Bancroft10 April 2022 21:40


Macron says he wants to win over those who voted for extreme stances

Emmanuel Macron told supporters: “You can all count on me to set in montion this project of progress, openess, French and European independence that we have defended throughout this campaign.”

He also said he wanted to convince all those who abstained or voted for extreme political stances in the first round.

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 21:20


Emmanuel Macron says he does not want France to be a place where people cannot eat as their religious prescribes.

He was presumably referring to Marine Le Pen’s proposals to ban halal and kosher butchers.

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 21:02


Far-right Zemmour backs Le Pen

Eric Zemmour, a hard-right candidate, has thrown his support behind Marine Le Pen.

He said Emmanuel Macron “didn’t say a word about identity, security, immigration during his campaign and who will therefore do worse again if re-elected”.

Mr Zemmour, who has been fined for inciting both racial and religious hatred, added: “That is why I call on my voters to vote for Marine Le Pen.”

Far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour addresses party supporters after projected results- were announced

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Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 20:38


‘There must not be one single vote for Le Pen in second round,’ Melenchon tells supporters

Jean-Luc Melenchon – projected to receive around 20 per cent of the first round vote – called on his supporters not to vote for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election.

“We know for whom we will never vote …you should not support Le Pen,” he said in a speech.

The far-left candidate added: “There must not be one single vote for Le Pen in second round.”

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 20:04


What about the next round?

Pollsters suggest that just a few percentage points could separate Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in the second-round vote.

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 19:53


What are the polls saying?

Emmanuel Macron has won between 28.1 per cent and 29.5 per cent of votes in the first road, while Marine Le Pen received between 23.3 per cent and 24.4 per cent, according to separate estimates by pollsters Ifop, OpinionWay, Elabe and Ipsos.

The hard left’s Jean-Luc Melenchon polled third, with an estimated 20 per cent.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, polled ninth with just under 2% of votes. Meanwhile Valérie Pécresse for The Republicans was forecast to receive a vote share of around 5 percent.

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 19:36


Fellow challengers get behind Emmanuel Macron in fight against Marine Le Pen

French presidential candidates – for whom the projections suggest may be out the race after tonight – are starting to call on voters to prevent Marine Le Pen from winning the next round.

Yannick Jadot, the Green candidate, said he calls on voters to hinder the far-right from taking power.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris who was running for the Socialists, endorsed Emmanuel Macron for the next vote “so that France does not fall into hatred of all against all.”

She added: “I solemnly call on you to vote on 24 April against the far-right of Marine Le Pen.”

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 19:33


BREAKING: Emmanuel Macron to face Marine Le Pen in second round, projections say

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 19:09


There is just under half an hour left until all polling stations close in France. We can expect to start getting the first projections of results then.

Zoe Tidman10 April 2022 18:36

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