France is choosing who will be its next president.
The two candidates, centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen have proposed very different visions leading up to the final second round run-off.
Despite the inclement weather across much of the country on Sunday, turnout in French presidential elections is traditionally high with more than 40 million people expected to vote.
The vote is seen as the most important in France for decades.
“I’m worried for my grandchildren, I’m worried for the world, I’m worried for the future and so on. I’m actually very worried, I must say,’‘ one woman said outside a polling station in Paris.
Security surrounding the presidential poll remains a major concern following the terror attacks in Paris and Nice.
More than 50,000 police and army officers are on duty with the country still in a state of emergency.
Early estimates of the result are expected 20:00 local time, immediately after polling stations in France’s major cities close.