Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency


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This from the Associated Press:
"Protesters angry that far-right leader Marine Le Pen is advancing the French presidential runoff are scuffling with police in Paris.
Crowds of young people, some from anarchist and "anti-fascist" groups, gathered on the Place de la Bastille in eastern Paris as results were coming in from Sunday's first-round vote.
Police fired tear gas to disperse an increasingly rowdy crowd. Riot police surrounded the area."
Crowds of young "anti-fascist" French voters gathered in Place de la Bastille, decrying far-right leader Marine Le Pen's advancement to the second round. Police fired tear gas to the disperse the protesters.
The results will go back and forth over the next few hours stay updated HERE 
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday's first round of voting, early projections indicated.
In a race that was too close to call up to the last minute, Macron, a pro-European Union ex-banker and economy minister who founded his own party only a year ago, was projected to get 24 percent by the pollster Harris and 23.7 percent by Elabe.

Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration and anti-EU National Front, was given 22 percent by both institutes. Three further pollsters all projected broadly similar results.

two fresh endorsements for Macron:

Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, who lost the conservative primary against Fillon late last year, calls on citizens to vote for Macron and against the “far-right that would drive France to its ruin”.
Socialist Party chief Jean-Christophe Cambadélis calls on his camp to “unite to block the (far-right) National Front”.
A (very) brief word from Emmanuel Macron to the French news agency AFP:

We’re turning a page in French political history.
It is worth underlining that this is the first time in modern French history that neither of the mainstream centre-right or centre-left parties of government that have governed France since the second world war have qualified for the second round of a presidential election.

The French prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has joined his Socialist party’s defeated candidate, Benoît Hamon, in urging the party’s voters to support Emmanuel Macron in the second round.

I solemnly call for a vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round in order to beat the Front National and obstruct the disastrous project of Marine Le Pen that would take France backwards and divide the French people.
Embattled conservative candidate Francois Fillon conceded defeat, backing banker-turned-politician Emmanuel Macron. "France is in your hands now," Fillon said.


With the Socialist and the Conservates endorsing Macron it looks good for him on the second round


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