Macron, France's current president, appears poised to take 28.6% of the votes from the first round of the election on Sunday, 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%.
The contest was marked by voter apathy, with voter participation estimated at 73.3%, according to Ifop-Fiducial, 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 sagged during his first term.
Macron is seeking to become the first French president to win reelection since Jacques Chirac in 2002. While polls have given him a consistent edge over the field, the race tightened significantly in the past month.