French election live: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron leading the race as polls open

(From The Telegraph)

Turnout in the first round of France’s hotly contest presidential elections was higher than expected at midday, after recent polls suggested that more than a third may stay away from polling booths.

At midday, the interior ministry said that 28.54 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballot, compared with 28.29 percent in 2012.

Around  67,000 polling stations opened early Sunday for some 47 million eligible voters, who will choose between 11 candidates. Sunday’s vote is the most unpredictable election in generations.

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