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French voters in Belgium back Macron

10:45 25/04/2017

The majority of the French citizens who cast their ballot in Belgium on Sunday voted for the centre-right presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron of the movement En Marche! The second largest candidate in France, Marine Le Pen, came in fifth place in Belgium with 7.3% of the votes.

In total, 16,412 French voters in Belgium voted for Macron, which corresponds to 35.5% percent of the votes, reports RTBF. With 22.5% of the votes in Belgium, the right-wing candidate François Fillon came in second place, followed by the left-wing populist Jean-Luc Mélenchon in third place with 20.4%. Socialist Benoît Hamon was fourth with 9.5% of the votes in Belgium. Only 7.3% of the French Belgians voted for Marine Le Pen, who finished in second place in France. 168 French voters in Belgium handed in blank protest votes.

According to figures from the French embassy, there are about 91,500 French citizens in Belgium, and 46,000 of them live in Brussels.

Written by Robyn Boyle