The polls in France opened today for the first round of the 2017 French presidential election. There are 11 names on the ballot but only five candidates have a realistic chance of moving on to the next round of voting. However, only the top two will make it through to the second round.
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Millions of French citizens will head to the polls on Sunday in order to elect the 25th president of France. There are 11 names on the ballot but only five candidates have a realistic chance of passing through to the next round of voting. Only two candidates will make it through to the second round, which will take place in May.
Two of the candidates are from the extreme ends of the French political map: Far-right wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who plans to ban religious symbols from the public sphere and close France’s borders to refugees, and far-left wing La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) head Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who does not believe in the French constitution and hopes to shorten the French work week to only 32 hours. According to the latest polls, which were released late last night, it appears that centrist Emmanuel Macron and Le Pen are the two leading candidates.
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Following the terror attack last week in Paris, the polling stations across the country are under tight security. The scene of the Champs-Elysées shooting has turned into a memorial. French citizens have flocked to the scene in order to pay their respects to the police officer who was murdered in the attack.