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

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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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