As it happened: French voters push mainstream parties to the sidelines
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French centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round in the French presidential election with 23.7 percent and 21.7 percent of the vote respectively. Follow our live coverage below.
- Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round of the French presidential election, according to early results.
- French President François Hollande has called Macron to congratulate him.
- Conservative leader François Fillon conceded defeat and called on supporters to vote Macron.
- Socialist Party candidate Benoît Hamon, who got just 6.2% of the vote, said he took full responsibility for the election drubbing.
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