Fillon leads French-Israeli votes by far

60.41% of the French citizens who voted in Israel on Sunday sided with Republicans leader Francois Fillon.

April 24, 2017 22:05
CAMPAIGN POSTERS of François Fillon.

CAMPAIGN POSTERS of François Fillon.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Republicans leader Francois Fillon received 60.41% of votes cast by French citizens in Israel Sunday.

This ultimately did not help Fillon move to the run-off stage in two weeks, to which center-left politician Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front Marine Le Pen proceeded.

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Fillon urged voters to back Macron in the runoff, saying far-right leader Marine Le Pen would bankrupt France if elected.

Macron came in second among Israelis, receiving 30.93% of the vote, and Le Pen was in third with 3.72%. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon came next, with 1.6%.

A total of 8,370 French citizens voted in Israel Sunday, and there was a long line outside the French Consulate in Tel Aviv, as voting could only take place in person and not by mail or online.

Macron received the support 23.9% of all French voters, and Le Pen got 21.4% of the vote. Fillon followed with 19.9%, and Melenchon got 19.5%.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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