LIVE: Macron and Le Pen meet as the final round of French elections draws to a close


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According to IPSOP Voting Institute, Paris/London is the most popular.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, 63.2 percent of France’s presidential candidates were present. This was down by more than two percentage point from the same period in 2017’s second round.

The turnout was also 2 percentage points lower than that of the first round at 5:00 p.m. April 10, when President Emmanuel Macron advanced to the runoff with Marine Le Pen, his far-right challenger.

Official data indicates that pollsters had estimated that 28 percent of those who voted abstained would vote. This, if confirmed by the electoral college, would be the highest number in the second round since 1969.

Analysts warned that low turnout could affect the final result, despite the fact that polls for the past two weeks have shown Macron to be comfortably ahead of Le Pen.

Macron, a centrist candidate, is asking voters for trust in him to serve a second five year term. He does this despite protests, the pandemic, and Russia’s war with Ukraine. Macron’s victory made Macron the first French president to be reelected in 20 years.

Sunday’s result in nuclear-armed France, which is one of the largest economies in the world, could have ramifications in war in Ukraine. France plays a crucial role in the diplomatic effort, and supports sanctions against Russia’s invasion. Its neighbors.

Follow the live updates. (all times BST).

19:30 –Marine Le Pen said that she would continue her political struggle with President Emmanuel Macron in June’s parliamentary election, even though she admitted to losing to him in France’s presidential elections.

She told her supporters that the French had shown a strong desire to stop Emmanuel Macron. This was after early forecasts suggested she had lost.

19:20 – Clement Beaune, European Affairs Minister, said that the French presidential election results, in which the far-right won the highest score ever, demonstrated “we need to continue working”.

19:15 –At the foot of the Eiffel tower, supporters of President Emmanuel Macron chanted their re-election celebrations on Sunday. It was just a short time after initial projections indicated that he had won by a substantial margin.

Marine Le Pen, his far-right rival, was the target of a raucous campaign party.

19:05 – Preliminary resultsMacron won re-election by winning 58% and Marine Le Pen with 42%.

18:45 –Closed polling stations across the country in 15 minutes

16:00 –The Home Office has released the latest voter turnout figures at 5.30pm local time. We are down a few percentage point from 2017, however.

Experts predict that the final vote between Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen in this year’s election will be marked by the highest number of abstentions for more than 50 decades.

15:15 – After the last station closes, the official exit polls will begin at 8 p.m. Paris time. French media could not discuss polls or mention candidates in order to prevent voter influence.

14:45 –France is home to nearly 49 million voters. However, analysts predict that today’s turnout will be lower than the first round. A quarter of those who abstain are likely to vote.

14:15 – First figures from overseas indicate that Le Pen has made significant gains in Guadeloupe (69.6% against Macron 30.4%), Martinique (60.9 vs. 38.1%), and Guyana (60.7 vs. 39.5%). victory.

LIVE Macron and Le Pen face off as final round

Sunday’s vote for Challenger Marine Le Pen. (Twitter/@MLP_officiel)

14:00 – France’s polling stations open at 8 a.m. and close at 7:07 p.m.

At noon local time, the turnout was only 26 percent, which is a decline from the 17 election.

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Emmanuel Macron, French President and LREM party presidential Candidate, wave to well-wishers as he departs after the second round. (AFP)

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