Polls open for second round of French presidential election

Polls open for second round of French presidential election

Polls opened for the final round of French presidential election. Almost 70,000 polling stations are working today in Metropolitan France.

Museums offer free entrance to visitors with a stamped voter's card and taxi drivers will propose a free lift to a polling station.

The first round took place on April 23, in which independent candidate Emmanuel Macron came first with 24.01 percent of the votes, followed by right-wing Marine Le Pen with 21.3 percent.

According to the latest Ifop-Fiducial poll conducted for Paris Match, CNews and Sud Radio published on Friday, Macron is leading the race with 63 percent, while Le Pen may get 37 percent, Sputnik reports.

The 2017 election campaign became one of the most surprising, marking the first time in the history of the Republic when incumbent President Francois Hollande refused to run for the second term, and alternative candidates outrunning the Socialists and the Republicans in the first round.

The president of France is elected for a term of five years, with the citizens that are 18 and older being eligible to vote. This year, at the 11th presidential election in the history of the Fifth Republic, about 47 million people are eligible to vote.

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