Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on track to advance to French presidential runoff, data shows

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen appear to be the leading candidates in the first round of the French presidential elections, an analysis of early results shows, setting up a rematch of the 2017 contest

Macron, France's current president, appears poised to take 28.6% of the votes, putting him in first place, according to an analysis conducted by pollster Ifop-Fiducial for French broadcasters TF1 and LCI. Le Pen, a long-time standard-bearer for the French far-right, is on track to come in second with 23.6%.

Twelve candidates ran for the top job. If none of them receives more than 50% of the ballots, the top two will face each other in a runoff on April 24

But a second round is all but guaranteed -- no French presidential candidate has ever won in the first round under the current system

A woman picks her ballots in the first round of the French presidential election in Lyon, central France, on Sunday

The contest was marked by voter apathy, according to Ifop-Fiducial. Voter participation was estimated at 73.3%, the lowest in a first round in 20 years

While Macron appears on track to win the first round, he is a polarizing figure whose approval rating has lagged during his first term

Macron urged voters to come out for the second round in a speech after the polls closed

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