LIVE: France votes in choice between extremes

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LIVE: France votes in choice between extremes
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France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics. Over 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers backed by rapid response units patrolled streets three days after a suspected Islamist gunman shot dead a policeman and wounded two others in the heart of the capital, Paris. Voters will decide whether to back a pro-EU centrist newcomer (Emmanuel Macron), a scandal-ridden veteran conservative who wants to slash public expenditure (Francois Fillon), a far-left eurosceptic admirer of Fidel Castro (Jean-Luc Melenchon), or a far-right nationalist (Marine Le Pen) who, as France’s first woman president, would shut borders and ditch the euro.

20.40 Current affairs magazine Marianne says it has been told by National Front campaign director David Rachline it will have to watch the results on the TV and cannot enter the party’s headquarters. The far-right FN apparently says the hall is too crowded and “we had to make choices”. Marianne’s accusing the party of censorship.

20.37 Mathieu Rosemain reports from the Macron election HQ as supporters gather for the results of the first round.

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Publié par Mathieu Rosemain sur dimanche 23 avril 2017

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LIVE: France votes in choice between extremes

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