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.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron looks to gain 26 percent votes in the first round of the French presidential elections on Sunday, while far-right Marine Le Pen may have 23 percent, according to the preliminary results of the Belgian media.
The outcome of the French election seems to be getting more and more difficult to predict. The rise in support for the left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon means there are now four candidates all within reach of making it through to the second round of voting.
The voting in the French presidential election is coming to an end as most polling stations closed at 7 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) on Sunday across France.
Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is winning the first round of the French presidential election with 24 percent of the votes, Belgian media reported Sunday.
Infamous topless activists of the Femen movement were detained in France near a polling station where far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen voted, France Info reported.
The presidential election voting continues in France on Sunday, without any incidents so far, in one of the most uncertain elections in the modern French history as any of the four top candidates might make it into the second round.
The turnout in the first round of the French presidential election was 69.42 percent at 5 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT), the French Interior Ministry's data showed Sunday.
On the eve of the presidential election in France, centrist Emmanuelle Macron had a leading position in opinion polls. Now, the politician enjoys 20-25% support, which ensures his participation in the second round and, possibly, even victory.
The majority of the French voters residing in the Americas appear to have voted for centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the election, with him having received 45.35 percent of the votes, according to Belgian media reports.
An exit poll carried out by Belgian RTBF channel shows that independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is leading with 24 percent of votes, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen gained 22 percent.
Left-wing presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon appears to be gaining the majority of votes in at least three French overseas territories in the first round of the election, according to Belgian media reports.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a wife of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, urged the French citizens to vote in the country's presidential elections on Sunday.
Possible Frexit is not likely to happen due to country’s parliament will not approve the transition, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said.
French security forces are maximally mobilized amid the first round of presidential election, which is taking place on Sunday, French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said.
Far-left presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Melenchon has cast his vote in the first round of French presidential elections on Sunday.
The Republicans' party nominee Francois Fillon has cast his vote in the first round of presidential elections in France at the polling station set up in the town hall of the 7th district of Paris.
French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has cast her ballot in the first round of the presidential election in Henin-Beaumont commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.
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.
French presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon has cast ballot in the first round of presidential election.
Incumbent French President Francois Hollande has cast his vote in the first round of the country's presidential elections in the south-western town of Tulle.