French voters push mainstream parties to the sidelines

Final figures for the first round of the presidential election show Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist candidate, with 23.75 percent of the vote - ahead of the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has a little over 21.5 percent.

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    French voters have cast aside the parties that have dominated politics for decades, in a presidential election overshadowed by anti-establishment anger.

    Final figures for the first round of the presidential election show Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist candidate, with 23.75 percent of the vote - ahead of the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has a little over 21.5 percent.


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