French voters are preparing to cast their ballot in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday.
Recent polls have shown a marked fall in President Emmanuel Macron’s lead over his main challenger, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
Campaigning has now ended, and voter turnout is expected to be lower than previous elections in France.
Although the race has been overshadowed by the war in Ukraine, the main issue for many voters is the cost of living.
Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen are the firm favourites, but there are 10 other candidates competing to reach the second round on 24 April.
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A month ago, Marine Le Pen was trailing Mr Macron by 10 points. Now she is seen as the favourite to challenge him for the presidency in the run-off vote.
If she does make it through to the second round, opinion polls suggest for the first time that a Le Pen victory is within the margin of error.
Mr Macron’s poll ratings were initially boosted by his diplomatic efforts during the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but voters have become increasingly concerned by household bills and rising prices.