French pro-Putin Candidate 2.23 percent Short of Votes To Win Presidency

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With 96 percent of votes counted, Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards the French presidency on Sunday winning over pro-Putin, hyper-nationalist Marie Le Pen.

Macron, a pro-european Union ex-banker and former economy minister who founded his own party only a year ago, had 23.9 percent of the votes against 21.4 percent for Le Pen, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.

Pro-Trump and pro-Putin critics from around the world, who predicted Le Pen victory in first round of elections have been proven wrong. Le Pen’s chances to be a President of France decreased significantly since she has never been a favorite in polls in the second round.

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According to the final results Emmanuel Macron (EN MARCHE!) won with 23,75 percent of votes support over Marine Le Pen (Front National) who received 21.53 percent of votes.

Results of the other candidates:
FRANCOIS FILLON (LES REPUBLICAINS) : 19,91%
JEAN-LUC MELENCHON (LA FRANCE INSOUMISE) : 19,64%
BENOIT HAMON (PARTI SOCIALISTE) : 6,35%
NICOLAS DUPONT-AIGNAN (DEBOUT LA FRANCE) : 4,75%
JEAN LASSALLE (RESISTONS) : 1,22%
PHILIPPE POUTOU (NOUVEAU PARTI ANTICAPITALISTE) : 1,10%
FRANCOIS ASSELINEAU (UNION POPULAIRE REPUBLICAINE) : 0,92%
NATHALIE ARTHAUD (LUTTE OUVRIERE) : 0,65%
JACQUES CHEMINADE (SOLIDARITE ET PROGRES) : 0,18%

As investors breathed a collective sigh of relief at what the market regarded as the best of several possible outcomes, the euro soared 2 percent to $1.09395 EUR= when markets opened in Asia before slipping back to around $1.0886. It was the euro’s highest level since Nov. 10, the day after the results of the U.S. presidential election.

On Sunday April 23rd, 2016, 78.69 percent of eligible voters took part in French Presidential election which was less than in 2012 when 80.42% citizens participated.

(Reuters, L’Orient Le Jour, pht)

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