The world is currently focused on France because It’s polling day where people are heading to the polls today to choose their next president. Choosing between young centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, it is the most uncertain election ever in French politics.Why elections important
Being a second-largest economy in the euro zone and one of the seven biggest across the world. France’s president holds enough powers to influence the country’s economic and political path.
Further, the time of the election is when the French people are increasingly concerned on security matters, after several terrorist attacks across the country, and disenchanted with high levels of unemployment and poor economic performance since the 2008 crisis.
There are 11 candidates of which four make up the list of front runners.The president will be elected in a direct popular vote of one or two rounds. Macron secures 24% of the vote and Le Pen finished second with 21.3% as France’s traditional left and right parties were out of the race in the first round for the first time since the start of the Fifth Republic in 1958.Working of election
A total number of registered voters are 47.58 million. The country’s 66,546 polling stations will open at 8 am (0600 GMT) and many will close at 7 pm, whereas in Paris and other big cities will remain open an hour longer. The first estimated results could come as early as 7:45 pm.What next:- The new president will take over from Socialist Francois Hollande and is expected to be sworn in by May 14.
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