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France picks new president

By Associated Press

France picks new president
Two nuns wait to cast their ballots in the presidential runoff election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, in Marseille, France, May 7, 2017. Voters across France are choosing a new president in an unusually tense and important election that could decide Europe's future, making a stark choice between pro-business progressive candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen. (Claude Paris / AP)
PARIS – Voting stations opened in France for the second round of the presidential election, with opinion polls indicating Emmanuel Macron was likely to beat Marine Le Pen.

Forecasts proved to be accurate for the presidential election's first round last month and financial markets have risen in response to Macron's widening lead after a bitter television debate earlier in the week.

France picks new president
Election campaign posters for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen are displayed in front of the polling station where Marine Le Pen will vote in Henin Beaumont, northern France, Saturday, May 6, 2017. (AP Photo / Francois Mori)
France picks new president
Ballot papers for the French presidential election are prepared in a polling station in Paris, Sunday, May 7, 2017. France votes Sunday in a crucial presidential runoff between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. (AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti)

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