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Macron leads as France heads to the polls

Despite suffering a major data breach Friday, centrist Emmanuel Macron is believed to maintain a 60-40 lead over far-right Marine Le Pen as France heads to the polls Sunday to pick a new president.

With runoff turnout expected to top 75 percent, French voters will centrally weigh in on France's place in Europe: Macron supports robust integration into the broader European community, while Le Pen promotes a populist, nationalist vision that prioritizes French interests. Immigration, security against terrorism, and a lagging economy are also expected to shape voters' decision.

Victory projections will be available around 2 p.m. ET. In the meantime, read The Week's Jeff Spross on this contest's similarities to the 2016 U.S. election and the challenge facing Macron.