Voting opens in France run-off between Macron and Le Pen

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Voting Opens In France Run-Off Between Macron And Le Pen Voting Opens In France Run-Off Between Macron And Le Pen
A man walks in front of campaign posters of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, © AP/Press Association Images
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By Associated Press Reporter

France began voting in a presidential run-off election on Sunday in a race between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen.

Mr Macron is in pole position to win re-election in the country’s presidential run-off, yet his lead over Ms Le Pen depends on one major uncertainty: voters who could decide to stay home.

A Macron victory in this vote would make him the first French president in 20 years to win a second term.


Voting booths are set up at a polling station in Montreuil, east of Paris (Lewis Joly/AP)

All opinion polls in recent days converge toward a win for the 44-year-old pro-European centrist — yet the margin over his nationalist rival varies broadly, from six to 15 percentage points, depending on the poll.

Polls also forecast a possibly record-high number of people who will either cast a blank vote or not vote at all.

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Polling stations opened at 8am local time on Sunday and close at 7pm in most places, apart from big cities that have chosen to keep stations open until 8pm.

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