Presidential election began in France

In France, the presidential election campaign started. Sunday, April 23, is the first round.

As reported TASS, in the lists of voters, over 45 million people.

In the European part of the country stations will open at 08:00 Paris time (09:00 GMT) outside the state due to the difference of time zones voting began on Saturday, March 22. In France, it will end at 20:00 local time (21:00 MSK)

The favorites of the presidential race are considered to be the founder of the movement “On the March” Emmanuel macron and the leader “National front” marine Le Pen. Them with minimal lag, by the candidate of the center-right party “the Republicans” Francois Fillon and representing the movement “Natchinaetsja France” levoradikal Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

To the participating candidate from the ruling Socialist party, Benoit Hamon, Chairman of the party “Wake Up, France” Nicolas DuPont-Aignan, leader of the “people’s Republican Union Francois Asselin, the candidate of the New anti-capitalist party Philip Harris, the candidate of the French Communist Nathalie Artaud, founder of the party “Solidarity and progress” Jacques Cheminade and MP Jean Lassalle.

To avoid leaks of information about the results of surveys of voters at the exit of sections are not conducted. The first data for the analysis of sociologists will receive at 19:00 (20:00 GMT), this time at the polling stations in small cities and towns will start counting the ballots.

Reported low turnout in a number of foreign territories. French media give the data of the prefectures, whereby at 00:00 GMT (17:00 local time) in the throes of mass social protests of French Guiana, the average is 37,31% (2012 — 45.73%).

In Guadeloupe the site came 34.17 percent of voters in Martinique 34,82 percent, on the Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon — 49.1%.

On 22 April it was reported about the evacuation of people in the district of the Consulate General of France in new York because of a suspicious vehicle. The vote was suspended, but was soon resumed.

The second round of presidential elections in France scheduled for may 7.