French nationals in London forced to wait more than THREE HOURS to vote in presidential elections as 400,000 expats cram into just three polling stations

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

Voters have flooded into the 60,000 polling stations across the planet to cast their vote in the first round
Eleven candidates are battling it out for support to be put forward to the second round face-off in France
Polls suggest far-right Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the top two candidate as it stands
Security has been heightened across the globe after a deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees on Thursday

23 April 2017

French nationals in London hoping to cast their vote in the presidential election were waiting more than three hours as massive queues snaked along the streets.

The capital’s massive French population of an estimated 400,000 were expected to cram into just three polling stations resulting in excruciating waits and lengthy lines.

Some turned their back on the election, refusing to wait, while others decided to leave the queues after hours of standing around and planned to return later to cast ballots in a tense first-round poll.

More than 60,000 polling stations opened at 6am for voters who will choose between 11 candidates in the most unpredictable election in decades.

Opinion polls point to a tight race among the four leading contenders vying to advance to the May 7 presidential runoff, when the top two candidates face off.

Polls suggest far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead. But conservative Francois Fillon, a former prime minister, who was embroiled in a scandal over alleged fake jobs appeared to be closing the gap, as was far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

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