UPDATE 6:37 p.m. EST:
Just as the clock struck midnight barring French presidential candidates from actively campaigning, the campaign of Emmanuel Macron said it has been the victim of a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack, the Associated Press reported. His campaign said in a statement that a few campaign emails and financial documents that were hacked a few weeks ago are now being circulated on social media.
The reports, however, have been mixed with false documents.
The campaign said that the hacker is attempting to "seed doubt and disinformation," comparing the Wikileaks hacking scandal that plagued Hillary Clinton's campaign in the waning days of the presidential election.
ORIGINAL STORY: Centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le Pen will be elected president in the French election on Sunday, May 7.
Voting starts in French overseas territories Saturday then moves to the mainland Sunday with polls opening at 2:00 a.m. EST (8:00a.m. local time.) A result is expected that evening.
Here's what you need to know about the candidates and the election ahead of France's big night:
Students protesting both candidates blocked 10 high schools in Paris on Friday.
Who is Emmanuel Macron?
Macron, 39, is a former banker and economy minister who advocates for the entrepreneurial spirit, usually appears with both French and EU flags in the background.
From 2012 to 2014, he served as deputy secretary-general of the Élysée, a senior role in President Hollande's staff.
Macron has notably advocated in favor of the free market, reducing public-finances deficit and an open-door policy toward immigrants.
Madame Le Pen speaks for no one. Madame Le Pen exploits anger and hatred.
In the last day of campaigning before Sunday's elections, Macron countered Le Pen's claim that her words reflected "the anger that will explode in this country."
President Barack Obama endorsed Macron in a video shared Thursday.
Who is Marine Le Pen?Le Pen, 48, is a French lawyer and politician. She is the former president of the National Front, a political party in France.
She wants to pull France out of the European Union and abandon the euro currency, although she has softened that view somewhat in recent days.
Le Pen has vowed to crack down on immigration to France. She also advocates for civil unions for same-sex couples.
Le Pen tweets that a vote for Macron would "result in the dissolution of our country..."
Who is expected to win the election?
It will be a clear victory for Emmanuel Macron, who is running under his self-founded En Marche! ("Forward!", or "On The Move") banner, according to the latest polls.
A survey by Elabe for BFMTV and L'Express published on May 4 put Macron on course to win 62 percent of the vote, against 38 percent for the far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.
According to Express.co, up to 14 million voters (32 percent) could hand in blank votes in protest against the two candidates.
The final polls will be released today ahead of an election blackout.
Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
A terrorist attack in France last month caused POTUS to weigh in on the elections on Twitter.
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