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Polling agencies project reelection for French leader Macron

Emmanuel Macron
Posted at 3:52 PM, Apr 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-24 15:52:08-04

PARIS (AP) — French polling agencies are projecting that centrist President Emmanuel Macron will win France’s presidential runoff Sunday, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

The French presidential race overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and a surge in French support for extremist ideas.

If the projections are borne out by official results, Macron would be the first French president in 20 years to win a second term.

Five years ago, Macron won a sweeping victory.

The margin is expected to be much smaller this time: Polling agencies projected that Macron will win at least 57% of the vote, with Le Pen getting over 41.5%.

Macron still faces a divided nation and a battle to keep his parliamentary majority in France's legislative election in June.