All polls will be closed at 8:00 pm local time (2:00 pm EST). Estimates of the results will begin at that time.
The contenders? Emmanuel Macron, a globalist free trader, and Marine Le Pen, a nationalist. Emmanuel Macon has been the announced leader in the polls, although early indications are that the election results may be much tighter than forecast.
Analysis and results below the fold:
According to Reuters:
Sunday’s election will in any case far from spell the end of the battle between mainstream and more radical policies in France, with parliamentary elections next month equally crucial.
Once the presidential ballot is over, attention will immediately switch to whether the winner will be able to count on a parliamentary majority. The first poll on the parliamentary election, published this week, showed that was within reach for Macron.
Much will also depend on both the candidates’ score on Sunday. Le Pen’s niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, on Thursday told L’Opinion daily that a 40 percent score would already be “a huge victory” for the National Front.
Whoever wins will spell a new chapter in French politics after the major left-wing and right-wing parties — the Socialist Party and The Republicans — that have ruled France for decades both suffered humiliating defeats in the election’s first round.
Information on the election results: