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France’s Macron and Far-Right Le Pen Lead in First Round of Presidential Election

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PARIS—President Emmanuel Macron and far-right chief Marine Le Pen led the primary spherical of France’s presidential election, in line with exit polls, setting the stage for a carefully contested runoff amid fears over excessive inflation and immigration.

Mr. Macron was projected to win the primary spherical with 28.5% of the vote on Sunday forward of Ms. Le Pen with 24.2%, in line with polling agency Elabe. The French president now faces an April 24 showdown with Ms. Le Pen that polls say can be rather more tightly contested than his landslide victory five years ago.