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Macron and Le Pen to face off again in French election runoff

Battle lines drawn between globalist and nationalist in expected tight race

Election results for the two candidates in the second round of the 2022 French presidential election, President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party, are seen on a screen at Le Pen's election headquarters in Paris on April 10.   © Reuters

PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head again in a runoff for the country's April 24 presidential election.

With 96% of ballots counted after the first-round of polling on Sunday, Macron had 27.4% of the vote, ahead of Le Pen on 24% and Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the radical left, who took 21.6%.

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