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>> Campaigning over, there's nothing more candidates in the first round of elections in France can do to convince voters to support them. And it's still not clear who will triumph in Sunday's vote. The first round will send 2 of 11 candidates into a run off in 2 weeks time.
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The winner of that will become France's new president. And it's a vote which could change not only France, but the global political landscape. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron is currently polling as favorite, but Front National candidate, Marine Le Pen, is not far behind him. Her party's far right anti-immigrant stance has been gaining traction, and continues to do so in the wake of an attack in Paris, Thursday, which saw a policeman killed.
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France has suffered a number of attacks in the past months, and the country will go to the polls under tight security. More than 50,000 police and other security mobilized for the day. Both Le Pen and Macron have passionate supporters and detractors, but despite pollsters findings, no one is totally assured of a spot in May 7th runoff for president.
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Conservative Francois Fillon and hard left Jean-Luc Melenchon remain in the running, and have been gaining traction. Even as voters in French territories outside of mainland Europe start to vote, it's far from clear what's next for France.