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Voting begins in French presidential election

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the favourites to progress to a run-off on May 7.

Published: 23rd April 2017 11:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2017 12:32 PM   |  A+A-

A French voter residing in Hong Kong walks past posters of presidential candidates as he prepares to vote in the first round of France's presidential election at the French International School in Hong Kong on April 23. (Photo | AFP)

By AFP

PARIS: France began voting Sunday in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as crucial for the future of the beleaguered European Union.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the favourites to progress to a run-off on May 7 but polls have shown the race is so tight that four candidates have a strong chance of reaching the second round.



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