The current President of France, Emmanuel Macron, after counting 97 percent of the protocols, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, retains leadership in the elections, gaining 27.6 percent of the vote.
The leader of the right-wing National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, is the second (23.41 percent), while Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing France Insubordinate party, is the third (21.95 percent).
In the French metropolitan region, Mélenchon, who is no longer a candidate for the second round, took first place (30.24 percent of the vote), followed by Macron (30.19 percent) and Le Pen (12.97 percent).
In Paris, the situation is different: Macron received 35.33 percent, Mélenchon 30.09 percent and Marine Le Pen finished is the sixth with 5.54 percent of the vote.
The second round of the presidential elections in France will be held on 24 April.
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