Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were favorites to occupy the first two places in the first round of the presidential election. They confirmed their status with respectively 28.1% and 23.3% of the vote according to the various institutes responsible for counting the votes. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are ahead of Jean-Luc Mélenchon 3rd with 20.1%, Éric Zemmour 4th with 7.2% and Valérie Pécresse 5th with 5%.
The absentee rate for this presidential election is around 26%, it is 4% more than in 2017 and therefore in line with the last elections in France which saw the French lose interest in national politics.
12 candidates competed during this presidential election: Marine Le Pen and Emannuem Macron therefore but Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Philippe Poutou, Fabien Roussel, Jean Lassalle, Yannick Jadot, Éric Zemmour, Nathalie Arthaud, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Anne Hidalgo and Valerie Pécresse.
The 2nd round of the presidential election will take place on Sunday 24 April. Either Emannuel Macron will be re-elected for five years, like François Mitterrand in 1988 (the mandate of the President of the Republic was then seven years) and Jacques Chirac in 2002, or Marine Le Pen will become the first President of the Republic in the French history.