France goes to the polls in high-tension presidential elections


Amid increased security France’s 47 million registered voters, of whom opinion polls estimate nearly a quarter are still undecided, began voting Sunday in the first round of a presidential election thriller, with the top four candidates neck and neck and when only the top-scoring two will proceed to the knockout round in two weeks time.

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Voting is under way in the first round of an unpredictable French presidential election whose outcome could prove crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and a nervous European Union, reports The Guardian.