The founder of the political movement “En Marche!”, Emmanuel Macron, is leading the French presidential race, followed by far-right leader Marine Le Pen, according to intermediate results announced by the country’s Interior Ministry on Monday.

With some 40 million ballots counted, Macron scored 23.54% of the vote, while Le Pen got 22.33%.

The country has more than 45 million of registered voters in total. The Interior Ministry estimates the turnout to be at about 70%.

 

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