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Macron remains favourite as France votes for new president

65.3% of voters had turned out by 11pm Sunday ; pollsters see likely abstentions as highest among left-wing voters

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Mr Macron casting his ballot at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, on Sunday. The battle between mainstream and more radical policies will continue into parliamentary elections next month

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THE French people voted on Sunday in a presidential election that pit a pro-European Union centrist against a eurosceptic, anti-immigration far- rightist, with early figures indicating turnout could be low, but above most recent forecasts.

Opinion polls predict 39-year-old ex

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