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Republican leader Francois Fillon received 60.41% of votes cast by French citizens in Israel on 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.
Fillon urged voters to back Macron in the runoff, saying farright 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 take place only in person and not by mail or online.
Macron received the support of 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.