Sunday, May 7, 2017

Betty MacDonald and the French election in pictures

People lined up to vote in the French presidential election on Sunday at a polling station in Paris. Credit Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press
In cities and villages, small towns and suburbs, young and old are voting on Sunday in one of France’s most important presidential elections in memory, with the starkest of choices.
On one side, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen was expected to do better in rural areas and in strongholds of her National Front party, such as in the southeast near Nice and the economically stressed far north, around Lille.
Her challenger, Emmanuel Macron, a onetime economy minister and investment banker, is expected to be the choice of many urban, educated voters, and is heavily favored in Paris. Voting began earlier in overseas territories and for French natives living abroad.
Together, the two outsider candidates received less than 50 percent of the votes in the first round of the election, on April 23. Some French voters were expected to shun the polls or submit “blank” ballots after an especially divisive campaign.

A French national living in Israel walked past posters of the candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen outside a polling station in Jerusalem on Sunday. Credit Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron cast his ballot on Sunday in Le Touquet, France. Credit Christophe Ena/Associated Press

The French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen after casting her ballot on Sunday in Hénin-Beaumont, France. Credit Francois Mori/Associated Press

A man arriving at a polling station in Marseille, France. Credit Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, center, exiting at a polling station in Paris on Sunday. Credit Christophe Petit Tesson/European Pressphoto Agency

People registering at a polling station in Hong Kong on Sunday. Credit Dale De La Rey/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

French nationals lined up to vote outside the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London on Sunday. Credit Niklas Halle'N/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Nuns from the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre at a polling station in Paris on Sunday. Credit Christophe Petit Tesson/European Pressphoto Agency

Police officers patrolling near the Trocadero in Paris on Sunday. Credit Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press