Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker and the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48 are pitted against each other at the second round contest in the poll for President.
Reports say the vote is being closely watched across Europe, as the results could affect the future of the EU. France elects a new president after five years of Socialist rule under François Hollande. Nearly 48 million people are registered to vote but abstention is a real concern. Turnout in France's presidential election stood at 28.23 per cent at midday on Sunday.