Presidential Elections in France: start of vote for the second round



French citizens began voting on Sunday, May 7, for the second round of the presidential election to elect the successor of François Hollande to lead France during the next five-year term. Voters will have to choose between the pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron, and the extreme right-wing Marine Le Pen.

Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former business banker and ex-economy minister of the socialist president François Hollande, is widely favored by the latest polls that fulfilling 63 % of votes, compared with 37 to 38.5% for the anti-immigration candidate Mari6ne Le Pen.

In the course of a campaign full of twists and turns, the tenors who had occupied the political scene for a decade fell one after another and for the first time in almost 60 years the two main left-wing parties (the Socialist Party) And the Right (The Republicans) are excluded from the second round of the election.

The polls opened in metropolitan France at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Sunday and close at 19:00 (17:00 GMT).

Polling stations will remain open in some big cities until 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT), with early estimates of the result due to be reported immediately after they close.


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