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In less than a day French citizens will begin the process of selecting their new president, in an election that could determine the future of the European Union and bring to power Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front (FN). The latest polls suggest she trails centrist rival Emmanuel Macron by a couple of percentage points, but marginally leads the conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon. If the results of the opinion polls reflect the ballots cast on Sunday, Le Pen would advance to the second round against Macron, where she is expected to be defeated by a decisive margin. But polls have been wrong before and there is no guarantee either Macron or Le Pen will make the run-off vote on May 7. Neither Fillon of The Republicans or Benoit Hamon of the Socialist Party was expected to win in their respective primaries, according to the polls. On their campaign platforms, candidate are promising radically different policies on a vast number of issues. Le Pen has promised to drastically cut immigration and review ties with the EU, while Melenchon has promised to reconsider France's future relationship with the bloc. Fillon is running on a manifesto of fiscal conservatism, pledging to drastically cut public spending, but his campaign has been dogged by corruption charges. Macron has positioned himself as the centrist candidate, while Hamon, also a leftist, has promised to introduce a basic income for all nationals. Add to the mix several minor candidates, who include the car mechanic turned left-wing leader Philippe Poutou , and more traditional conservatives such as Nicolas Dupont-Aignan. They have little chance of winning, but can sap away support from the frontrunners in the first round. Candidates will not only be battling each other for the presidency, but against voter apathy, with Ipsos putting the number of people who will abstain or cast blank ballots at 27 percent. Vod radio took to the streets of the French capital Paris to find out who, if anyone, appealed most.http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/Images/2017/4/22/



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