Voting is underway across France in the second and final round of a Presidential ballot that could give the country a Socialist head of state for the first time in 17 years.
Just a few percentage points separated challenger Francois Hollande and the conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy before the media blackout on polls and electioneering came into force on midnight Friday.
The big shock in Round One on April 22 came from the far-right National Front, whose candidate Marine Le Pen scored 17.9 per cent to finish third out of ten names on the ballot.
Since then Sarkozy has moved his rhetoric to the right while Hollande is more focussed on the economic situation.
The pair met for a televised debate on May 2 in which tempers frayed somewhat with both men accusing the other of lying.