France’s Macron wins second term, beating far right’s Le Pen

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PARIS, April 24 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin in Sunday’s election, early projections by four pollsters showed, securing a second term and heading off what would have been a political earthquake.

The first projections by Ifop, Elabe, Opinionway and Ipsos showed Macron securing 58.2%-57.6 of the vote. Ahead of the vote, polls had suggested Macron would win with 56%.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel, Sudip Gar-Kupta, Jean-Michel Belot and Leigh Thomas, Editing by John Irish)

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