French voters went to the polls Sunday to choose a conservative candidate for next year’s presidential election, with polls suggesting the winner will move into the Élysée Palace. Follow our liveblog for all the news, results and analysis.
- A trio of frontrunners – ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime ministers Alain Juppé and François Fillon – are battling for the two slots in next week’s decisive second round.
- With the ruling Socialists all but written off, opinion polls suggest whoever wins will likely face – and defeat – far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential run-off.
- Turnout at midday had topped one million voters. Exit polls are expected shortly after polling stations close at 7pm Paris time (6pm GMT).
- Tune in to FRANCE 24’s English channel for a special programme on the primary starting at 9:10pm Paris time (8:10pm GMT).