After the first round of presidential election in France, an independent candidate Emmanuel Macron goes ahead with 23.75 percent of vote, as his main rival, far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen trails behind with 21.53.

The two candidates are now setting for the second round, which is to be held on May 7.

At the same time center-right Francois Fillon has 19.91 percent and left-wing Jean-Luc Melenchon has 19.64 percent.

Emmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, casts his ballot in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. At C, his wife Brigitte Trogneux. - Sputnik International
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