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France prepares for run-off vote


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France prepares for run-off vote

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Polling preparations are underway in France, on the eve of the country’s most important election for decades.

The French electorate face a choice between centrist Emmanual Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s run-off vote.

The Mayor of Violay, Madame Véronique Chaverot, said: “The first voters are witnesses that the ballot box is empty, that the counter shows ‘zero’, then we lock the box and I keep hold of the keys, as I’m responsible for the polling station.”

Voters in some French overseas territories and the Americas were due to begin voting on Saturday, a day before polling begins in France.

The election is taking place amid tightened security in France

The county remains in a state of emergency following a string of terrorists attacks.

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