French Presidential Election: Voting Underway – Will it be Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen?

French Presidential Election:  Voting Underway – Will it be Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen?
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Voting is under way in the final round of France’s presidential race between centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48.

Both candidates have been in the north of France on Sunday, with Mr. Macron voting near his home in the seaside resort of Le Touquet, and Ms Le Pen in the working class town of Hénin-Beaumont, a stronghold of her National Front party. Both are due back in Paris later in the day.

If Mr. Macron wins, his supporters would celebrate in the courtyard of the Louvre. The area was briefly evacuated on Sunday after a suspect bag was found.

A Le Pen victory would be celebrated at the Chalet du Lac in the Bois de Vincennes, on the eastern edge of the capital.

Whoever wins the poll the next French president will inherit a country bitterly divided and suffering from high unemployment, a stagnant economy and security worries.

 

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