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Macron projected to win second term as French president

French President and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron greets well-wishers as he heads to the polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, Sunday, April 24, 2022. France began voting in a presidential runoff election Sunday with repercussions for Europe’s future, with centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron the front-runner but fighting a tough challenge from far-right contender Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron will win a second term in today’s election, pollsters project.

The world is watching to see if there will be a shift to the right, but Macron has apparently fended off a second challenge from right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen during Sunday’s runoff vote.

President Macron is expected to garner 58.2% of the vote to Le Pen’s 41.8%, according to pollsters Ipsos & Sopra Steria who provide data to broadcasters France Televisions and Radio France.

The Macron projection to win is are based on data from voting stations that have closed and the metrics are usually used by the candidates and French media to declare a winner.