France votes for a new president

  1. France is electing a new president after five years of Socialist rule under Fran├žois Hollande
  2. Neither of the candidates in the run-off is from a traditional party of government
  3. Emmanuel Macron, 39, is standing as a centrist at the head of a party less than a year old
  4. Marine Le Pen, 48, is standing on a nationalist ticket, with the support of the far right
  5. Nearly 48 million people are registered to vote but abstention is a real concern
  6. The last polling stations are due to close by 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT)

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