French Presidential Hopeful Macron Votes in First Round of Elections

© REUTERS / Philippe WojazerEmmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, casts his ballot in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. At C, his wife Brigitte Trogneux.
Emmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, casts his ballot in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, April 23, 2017. At C, his wife Brigitte Trogneux. - Sputnik International
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French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron cast his ballot in the first round of the country's presidential race in Le Touquet commune in northern France at 10:30 a.m. local time (8:30 GMT) on Sunday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — Macron, the ounder of En Marche! movement, was accompanied by his wife Brigitte at the polling station.

Earlier on Sunday, polling stations opened across France at 8 a.m. local time. The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later in the day, when the polls close.

​In order to cast a ballot in France a citizen must be over 18 years old, not legally banned from voting and registered on the electoral list.

The same rules are applied to presidential candidates. They must also show a sense of "moral dignity," which is a loose term without a clear legal definition. a presidential hopeful must also collect 500 signatures of support from elected representatives. Anyone who is able to fulfill this criteria becomes eligible to run for the first round. If nobody wins the first round with the absolute majority, the two highest scoring candidates face each other in a runoff.

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