Polls are now open for first round of France presidential election votes. Four candidates have a chance to reach the second round run-off on May 7, after this Sunday’s election with just five percentage points separating them according to the latest opinion polls.
Out of the four candidates contesting for the election, the far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and the leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, have promised to review the country’s ties with the EU and have mulled leaving the block.
Le Pen also promised to stop immigration and strengthen the country’s borders. While her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron supports the open-door policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which have allowed more than a million refugees and migrants from the Middle East into Europe.
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Meanwhile, security should be a major concern in this France Presidential Election Votes. As France has experienced a number of attacks by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group.
However, a police officer was shot dead, while two others injured recently on the Champs Elysees in an attack on Thursday evening.
Both U.S. President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama have shown interest in the vote.
The polling stations will remain open until 8pm on Sunday. After the election, the Ministry of the Interior will announce the France presidential election votes results.