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The top five candidates in 2017’s French election are, in alphabetical order: François Fillon (Les Republicains), Benoît Hamon (Socialists), Marine Le Pen (Front National) and Emmanuel Macron (Independent) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Unbowed France).
While there is no clear winner at this stage – political scandals, distrust of polls, the shock Brexit result and Donald Trump’s victory mean that sure bets off – there is a frontrunner.
Candidates are pitted against each other twice – the first round of the vote takes place on Sunday, April 23. Then, the two top candidates face each other in a second run-off, on Sunday, May 7.