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Candidates vote in French election

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:20

French presidential candidates cast their votes as France goes to the polls in the first round of what could be a country-changing election. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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Key French presidential contenders, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, casting their votes on Sunday, in one of the most unpredictable elections France has ever seen. Conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon voting too, both still in with a chance of winning the first round vote. 11 candidates are seeking the presidency, only two will go through to a run off on May 7th. The final days of the campaign were overshadowed by an attack in Paris which saw a police officer killed. Nearly 47 million people are eligible to vote, but early indications show turn out is low - although not quite as low as in the 2012 election. Ex-pats around the world voting too. Hundreds queueing in London to cast their ballots. Current president Francois Hollande voting in Tulle; he decided not to run for office again after polls showed he was the most unpopular French president in recent history. For voters across France, security is high, with fifty thousand police officers deployed across the country. France has suffered from numerous attacks in recent months, which has prompted the rise of right-wing discussions. The result of Sunday's first round, could see a significant shift in French politics and alter their position on the world stage.

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Candidates vote in French election

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 01:20