On April 23, French citizens are voting to elect their next president. Over 66,000 polling stations opened in France at 8 a.m. local time (6:00 GMT). About 47 million voters are expected to cast ballots, choosing among 11 presidential candidates.
Four most prominent candidates are far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, head of left-wing political movement La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) Jean-Luc Melenchon, The Republicans' party nominee Francois Fillon and independent candidate Emmanuel Macron. Benoit Hamon, the candidate from the ruling Socialist Party, alongside six other presidential hopefuls, are not expected to make it through the first round of election due to the low level of support among the French people.
The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later in the day, when the polls close. The second round of the French presidential elections will be held on May 7.
The French Interior Ministry said that French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who succeeded to finish second in the first round of the presidential vote, gathered support of less than 5 percent of voters living in the country's capital.
Deputy mayor of Bordeaux said that supporters of the French presidential candidate Francois Fillon will try to balance Emmanuel Macron's policy on Russia through legislative vote if he becomes the country's new president.
French presidential candidate Emanuel Macron leads in French presidential election after more than 95 percent of votes counted, according to French Interior Ministry data.
EU foreign policy chief called French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron "the hope of our generation."
Steffen Seibert expressed his satisfaction with the result of Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential election.
European Commission President congratulated French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on the results of the first round of the elections.
Marine Le Pen is tailing Emmanuel Macron in French presidential election, Interior Ministry said.
Independent French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech from his campaign office ahead of the announcement of the election's first preliminary results. The current frontrunner according to exit polls is also expected to address the meeting.
French far-right presidential candidate and National Front leader Marine Le Pen is leading in the election with 24.10 percent of votes, according to Interior Ministry's preliminary data as over 50 percent of votes have been counted.
Danielle Pesquelle from Fillon's team said that the team of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon called rumors of an alleged Russian interference in the French presidential election "nonsense".
The headquarters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron started on Sunday celebrations of his anticipated victory in the first round of the country's presidential election.
Francois Fillon will vote against "the extreme right" represented by Marine Le Pen and for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French presidential elections.
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on Sunday to vote for Emmanuel Macron rather than Marine Le Pen, the leader of far-right National front (FN) party, in the presidential run-off.
Watch live video from far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's campaign office ahead of the announcement of the election's first preliminary results. She addressed the meeting.
French Foreign Minister urged on Sunday all French voters to rally behind centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election.
French police used smoke pellets and is moving toward protesters who started to break the fences at the Place de la Bastille in the center of Paris, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the site. After that, police started dispersing protesters.
France's policy toward Russia has been one of the most disputed topics of the pre-election campaign in France. French presidential candidates actively discussed the issue and often got involved in mutual standoffs, with Francois Fillon and Marin Le Pen enjoying the reputation of Russia's supporters.
The campaign of Francois Fillon canceled all big events expected to be held after the first round of the election, one of the campaign activists told Sputnik on Sunday.
Protests have hit Paris on the election day as French citizens are choosing their next president.
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is leading in the vote with 24.15 percent of votes, according to the Interior Ministry's first preliminary data. Independent candidate Emmunuel Macron gains 21.43 percent.