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French election: what you need to know

Nearly 47 million French voters go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country's presidential election. - Why is it important? - France is the EU's second-biggest economy and also one of the world's biggest military and diplomatic powers. With two of the leading four top candidates hostile to the EU and NATO, the election could further shake up the West's liberal post-war order, already rattled by Britain's vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump's election to the White House.
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