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Macron tops French election, to fight Le Pen in second round

PARIS: Centrist Emmanuel Macron will face off against far-right Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election, projections showed Sunday, making him clear favourite to emerge as the country's youngest leader in modern history. Macron was projected to win between 23 and 24 percent in Sunday's first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with between 21.6 and 23 percent, according to estimates on public television. "The French have expressed their desire for change," Macron told…