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    France votes for new president

    Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago.

    With 11 names on the ballot, no one candidate is expected to win an outright majority. Only four leading contenders are seen as having a realistic prospect of making it through to the second-round vote in May.

    The frontrunners are far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, scandal-hit conservative François Fillon, centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron and far-left wildcard Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The top two in Sunday's vote will face off on May 7 for the second and final round of voting.
    Some 47 million people are registered to vote, and latest polls suggest the results are too close to call.
    That means France could end up with a choice between candidates from the far-left and far-right, or a far-right stalwart facing off against a political novice. With such a fractured field, no one is expected to win a majority in Sunday's first round.

    About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers have been deployed across the country to secure polling.


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