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

Twelve candidates ran for the top job. Since none of them received more than 50% of the ballots in the first round, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on April 24.

A woman picks her ballots in the first round of the French presidential election in Lyon, central France, on Sunday. The contest was marked by voter apathy,

he is a polarizing figure whose approval rating has sagged during his first term. Macron urged voters to come out for the second round in a speech after the polls closed.

"Nothing is settled and the debate that we will have in the coming 15 days is decisive for our country and our Europe," he said. "I don't want a France which, having left Europe,

would have as its only allies the international populists and xenophobes. That is not us. I want a France faithful to humanism, to the spirit of enlightenment," he said.