File photo taken on Feb. 4, 2017 shows French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron addressing a campaign rally in Lyon, France. (Xinhua/Han Bing)
PARIS, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Centrist candidate and former minister of economy Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday came out on top in the first round of the French presidential election, according to projections by several pollsters.
An estimation by Elabe for local broadcaster BFMTV indicates that Macron leads with 23.7 percent of votes, and Le Pen 22 percent.
Another estimation by Ipsos says that Macron leads with 23.7 percent, and Le Pen 21.7 percent.
File photo taken on March 2, 2017 shows far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, delivering a speech during a campaign rally in Paris, France. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen)