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France votes in most unpredictable presidential election in decades

France votes in most unpredictable presidential election in decades

He also cited the history of "violence and intolerance" of Le Pen's far-right National Front party, founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was trounced in the presidential runoff in 2002.

Marine Le Pen (L), French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, leaves a polling booth as she votes in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, April 23, 2017.

The country's two other leading French-language newspapers, Le Soir and La Libre Belgique, carried similar reports online, as did the Swiss newspaper Le Temps in Geneva. Populists have shaken up the political landscape across the continent, but Austria, the Netherlands and Italy have in recent elections resisted voting populist candidates into power. They are followed by conservative Francois Fillon, with 19.9 percent, and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon with 19.2 percent.

"I am aware of the burden". However, it was unclear whether Thursday's deadly assault would sway or dissuade the legions of undecided voters.

While constitutional obstacles would make it hard for her to uncouple France from the European Union, a Le Pen victory could nonetheless be fatal for the European Union, already weakened by Britain's shock vote to leave.

Macron ally Gerard Collomb said the defeat of the mainstream center-left Socialists and the center-right Republicans showed a "deep malaise" in French society.

Should Mr Macron make it into the Élysée Palace it will be a remarkable achievement for a former banker who was plucked from relative obscurity by Mr Hollande to become his economy minister in 2014.

Guy Belkechout, a 79-year-old pensioner who was voting in the working-class Parisian suburb of Trappes, said security was one of his main concerns.

"While waiting, we have to choose: I don't do it with joy in my heart but abstention is not in my genes".

Sunday's outcome spells disaster for the two mainstream groupings that have dominated French politics for 60 years, and also reduces the prospect of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote last June to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president.

Pierre Pacaldi, 32, originally from Toulouse, said President Trump and Le Pen "surf the same wave".

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The anti-EU Ms Le Pen's campaign majored on jobs, security and the threat from Islamic extremism.

The top two candidates in the first round go through to a run-off election on 7 May if no one gets more than 50 per cent of the vote. Proclaiming that "the left is not dead", he also urged supporters to back Macron.

For Laurent, 22, the choice was not so easy - he had voted for Le Pen in the first round.

"The great issue in this election is the rampant globalization that is putting our civilization at risk", she declared in her first word after results came through.

The country is going to the polls to elect the successor to Mr Hollande, who is not running after serving a single term in office.

Almost 47-million people are eligible to vote and most polling stations were to close at 1700 GMT with those in major cities shutting an hour later.

On Sunday morning, hundreds of French expats showed up outside the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle in London, creating a line that hugged the building and wound around the block nearly as far as the eye could see.

Polling stations have also been set up cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh for the large expatriate community to cast their votes, with 70 polling stations in total across the UK.


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