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French election 2017: What are your hopes?

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The first round of France's presidential election will take place on Sunday 23 April, but will you be voting?

If, as expected, no single candidate exceeds 50% of the vote, the two candidates with the most votes will head to a second round of voting.

Issues range from the 10% unemployment rate and the slow recovery of the economy, to the terror attacks in Paris and Nice which killed more than 230 people.


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If you are voting in the election we want to hear from you. As part of our coverage we want to get your reaction to the first round result, if you want to take part and share your views with the BBC email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your name, location and contact details.


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Image caption There are five main candidates but only four have a chance of going through: (L-R) Francois Fillon, Benoît Hamon, Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon

There are 11 candidates, including five main candidates, to replace the current president, Francois Hollande.

The conservative Francois Fillon won his nomination by a long way, but has since been hampered by an investigation into the abuse of public funds.

Benoit Hamon represents the Socialist Party of which President Hollande is a member, but has not made major gains in the polls.

Marine Le Pen came third in the first round of the 2012 election and could be the first National Front candidate to make the second round since her father did so in 2002.

Emmanuel Macron, split from the Socialist Party and positioned himself as a centrist candidate, and became an early forerunner.

And in the past few weeks Jean-Luc Melenchon, a hard-left politician who won 11% of the vote in 2012, has gained popularity with tweaks to his appeal, personally and by hologram.


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