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Voting underway in France's presidential election

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:09

People in France are voting in the first round of presidential elections amid tight security. Annabel Reid reports.

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A bit of sustenance, ahead of a long day at the polling booths in France. Voting is underway in France's first round of presidential elections. It's a closely fought race. 11 people are vying for the top job. Four of them are considered serious contenders - Centrist Emmanuel Macron, the far right's Marine Le Pen, as well as former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon. The top two will advance to a run off in two weeks' time. Nearly 47 million people are eligible to vote in an election that will be closely monitored around the world, as a sign of whether the populist tide is still rising. They'll do so under close watch.. 50 thousand police officers are being deployed across the country. A series of attacks in France - the most recent one on Thursday when a police officer was shot dead - has prompted increased security. The months of campaigning has been dominated by scandals which have left many voters agonising over their choice. On Sunday, they get to make it.

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Voting underway in France's presidential election

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:09