Voting in French Presidential election is underway as voters go to polling stations to cast their ballots in the run-off between independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and former Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
Voting stations across France opened at 8am local time in mainland France. Most will close at 7pm, but those in large cities will remain open until 8pm. A first estimate of the result is expected around 8pm.
This years Presidential election is historic for France. It is the first time in post-war French history that no mainstream party candidate has qualified for the run-off. If Macron is elected, at 39, he would be the youngest President in modern French history, while Le Pen would be the first female president.
On one side, Macron advocates free-trade, open borders policy and European integration, and on the other, Le Pen stands firmly against immigration, open borders, and seeks to pull France out of the EU and the Eurozone.
Macron is the heavy favorite to win the election and succeed Francois Hollande as French President. A Le Pen victory would likely change the course of modern French history, and contribute to the downfall of the European Union.