French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge election

French expatriates vote ahead of knife-edge electionA day before France votes for a new president, expatriates and residents in overseas territories in the Western Hemisphere cast their ballots Saturday, with some hoping to stop a global wave of right-wing nationalism from claiming their country. Hundreds of thousands of French nationals are eligible to vote in the United States, Canada and Latin America in one of the most unpredictable elections in decades, seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the European Union. Voting also began Saturday in many of France’s overseas territories, such as the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.

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