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France: Security ramped up ahead of Fillon's arrival to polling station in Paris01:01

France: Security ramped up ahead of Fillon's arrival to polling station in Paris

France, Paris
April 23, 2017 at 11:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Security was heightened ahead of the arrival of French Republican Party presidential candidate Francois Fillon to a polling station in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Sunday.

Voters were met by armed security outside the polling station.

Most polling stations opened at around 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT). An initial exit poll is expected after the last polling stations close at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

The first round of the 2017 French presidential elections will be contested by a total of 11 candidates on April 23. Should no candidate reach a majority, the top two candidates will go head-to-head in a second and decisive round, scheduled for May 7.

France: Security ramped up ahead of Fillon's arrival to polling station in Paris01:01
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Security was heightened ahead of the arrival of French Republican Party presidential candidate Francois Fillon to a polling station in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Sunday.

Voters were met by armed security outside the polling station.

Most polling stations opened at around 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT). An initial exit poll is expected after the last polling stations close at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

The first round of the 2017 French presidential elections will be contested by a total of 11 candidates on April 23. Should no candidate reach a majority, the top two candidates will go head-to-head in a second and decisive round, scheduled for May 7.

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