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France's overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot

France's overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot
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By Seamus Kearney
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Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades.

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Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades.

This as final preparations are made ahead of Sunday’s main casting of ballots across France, where some 47 million people are eligible to take part.

A blackout on opinion polls and the candidates or their policies came into force at midnight on Friday.

They're off! Voting underway (overseas) in France's roller-coaster presidential election, reports ThomasAdamson_K</a> <a href="https://t.co/C9ti6oQ7nX">https://t.co/C9ti6oQ7nX</a> <a href="https://t.co/ffMLp7Sh71">pic.twitter.com/ffMLp7Sh71</a></p>&mdash; The Associated Press (AP) April 22, 2017

Eleven candidates are in the running in the first round and two of them will go forward to the run-off vote in two weeks’ time.

The threat of terrorism was pushed to the top of the agenda in the final hours of the campaigning after a policeman was shot and killed on the Champs-Elysee.

French presidential election campaign shaken by Paris shooting, with security issue thrust to the fore https://t.co/b7Kg489niL

— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) April 22, 2017

Officials are promising tight security for the ballot, with tens of thousands of police and other security personnel on duty.

The country has already been under a state of emergency for many months, with soldiers patrolling key public places.

France Poses Biggest Test Yet for Trump’s Brand of Nationalism https://t.co/ph7cAvRuKh

— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) April 22, 2017

A history of French presidential elections through nine infographics https://t.co/wnh8YrlXA1

— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) April 22, 2017

The first round of voting in France's presidential election takes place on Sunday. Here's what to know: https://t.co/umuLzZcbQMpic.twitter.com/00UPAzmKgE

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 21, 2017

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