Partial French official results show Macron, Le Pen in 2nd round

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April 24, 2017 00:29
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PARIS, April 23 - Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are leading in the official count of votes from the first round of France's presidential election with 33.2 million tallied so far, figures from the Interior Ministry showed on Sunday.

The figures did not include results from most of France's major cities, where Le Pen's level of support tends to be low relative to smaller towns and villages where counts were complete.

With 33.2 million votes counted from France's 47 million strong electorate and pollster projections pointing to a turnout approaching 80 percent, the figures put Macron on 23.11 percent of votes and Le Pen on 23.08 percent, conservative Francois Fillon at 19.81 percent, and far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon on 18.62 percent

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