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Final French vote count puts Macron, Le Pen through to second round

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, gestures to supporters after the first round of 2017 French presidential election in Paris, France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen led the first round of France’s presidential election, qualifying for a second-round runoff in two weeks, final voting figures from the Interior Ministry showed on Monday.

The figures put Macron on 23.75 percent of votes and Le Pen on 21.53 percent, followed by conservative Francois Fillon at 19.91 percent and far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon on 19.64 percent, the ministry said in a statement.

Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Paul Tait