Macron and Le Pen should contest May 7 runoff

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen should contest the May 7 runoff for the French presidency, Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said, citing an unidentified pollster after Sunday’s first round of voting.

Emmanuel Macron (C), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux leave a polling station after voting in the first round of 2017 French presidential election in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

It put Macron on 23 percent and Le Pen on 22.5 percent, with conservative Francois Fillon third on 20 percent.

(Reporting by Farah Salih and Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Robin Emmott)

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