French Presidential Elections: Polls open fr first round of voting
Apr 23, Pari: French voters are at the polls to choose their next president, amid high security as 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers have being deployed across the country to secure polling.
Today’s election will determine the top two candidates, who will then proceed to a run-off vote on May 7. Francois Fillon of The Republicans, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche!, Jean-Luc Melenchon of La France Insoumise, and Marine Le Pen of the National Front are viewed as the top four favorites in the race.
The best-known candidates have created plenty of debate in the country, all offering dramatically different visions of Europe, immigration, the economy and French identity.Extra security measures are in place on polling day after Karim Cheurfi, a convicted criminal, shot a police officer in the head on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
The Oslo Times International News Network