Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron casts his vote in a crucial French election which he is favourite to win. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. After a tumultuous presidential election campaign filled with scandal and surprises, favourite Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister, cast his vote on Sunday (May 7). Macron, who wants to deregulate the economy and deepen EU integration, is facing far-right leader Marine Le Pen who wants to close borders, ditch the euro currency and clamp down on migration. Opinion polls indicate Macron should win with a 23-26 percentage-point lead. The campaign has redesigned France's political landscape, with the candidates from the main conservative and socialist parties not making it to the second round for the first time in history. Abstention could be high, and close to 60 percent of those who plan to vote for Macron say they will do so to stop Le Pen from being elected to lead the euro zone's second-largest economy rather than because they fully agree with the former banker-turned-politician.