Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Macron faces toughest test as France votes

French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the opening round of a presidential race that could become a cliffhanger.

Emmanuel Macron has a fight on his hands from far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, who has been galvanised by a slick election campaign.

Forty-nine million people are eligible to decide which two of 12 candidates should take part in the run-off vote.

The president spent little time on the race, focusing instead on Europe's reaction to Russia's war in Ukraine.