Voters on Sunday are casting their ballots in the first election in France’s modern history to take place under a state of emergency.

Polls opened at 8am local time across the country in the first round of a high-stakes presidential election that is being closely watched by the international community.

Around 46.87 million voters are registered to vote in 66,546 polling stations, several of them protected – for the first time in recent memory – by armed police and soldiers.

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