Russian news agency TASS published a report from Belgian state news agency. According the first exit polls, the independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron is leading with 24 percent of the vote, with Marine Le Pen closely behind with 22.
hey are followed by Francois Fillon (The Republicans) with 20.5% of votes and Jean-Luc Melenchon (La France insoumise) with 18%.
Melenchon is leading in French overseas territories where voting took place on Saturday due to the time gap. Thus, according to the Belgian television channel, Melenchon scored 27.36% of the vote in Martinique, 34.45% – in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, 24.72% – in French Guiana. Macron is leading the polls in Guadeloupe.
Polling stations in France will close at 8 PM local time, and first results are expected hours later.