France to vote in presidential elections today

Voters in France will go to the polls on Sunday, April 23, to choose the country's next president in a two-step process.

Some 67,000 polling stations will open at 8 a.m.(small and medium-sized polling stations will be open one hour longer than in past elections), monitored by more than 50,000 police officers, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraina.

On March 18, 2017, the French Constitutional Council published the names of 11 candidates who received 500 valid sponsorships, with the order of the list determined by drawing lots.

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According to the polls, there are five favorites (Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, François Fillon, Benoit Hamon, and Jean-Luc Melenchon) in France's presidential election on April 23 to replace unpopular François Hollande.

An Ifop-Fiducial poll released on April 21 showed that Macron would win the first round with 24.5% of the votes, followed by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the anti-establishment National Front party, with 22.5%. Conservative François Fillon is third (19.5%), followed by Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon (18.5%) and radical Socialist Benoît Hamon (7%).

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The зresident of the French Republic is elected to a five-year term. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the top two winners in the first round will compete in a run-off on May 7.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n437398