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Quick guide: The French presidential election

A quick guide to the logistics of the winner-takes-all final round of voting Sunday that will elect France's new president:

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THE ELECTION: Just two candidates: Emmanuel Macron, 39, a pro-business, pro-European Union centrist; Marine Le Pen, 48, an anti-EU "French-first" far-right nationalist.

They qualified for the runoff as the top two vote-winners, from a field of 11 candidates, in a first-round ballot on April 23. On Sunday, they start afresh, with only their votes in the second round counted and not including those from the first round. The winner is elected to a five-year term.

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VOTERS: 47 million are eligible.

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POLLING: About 70,000 polling stations around France open at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Sunday, for a maximum of 12 hours. Overseas territories start voting Saturday.

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RESULTS: Partial results and polling agency projections expected from 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) Sunday.

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WHAT'S NEXT: To govern effectively, the president will need a parliamentary majority to pass his or her promised laws and measures. All 577 seats in the National Assembly are up for grabs in legislative elections, also held over two rounds, on June 11 and 18.