The chances of him retaining the absolute majority are slim, which means he would have to negotiate with his coalition partners for every bill he'd want to pass in the parliament.
The first round of polls is projected to produce a run-off rematch between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen that could be far tighter than their duel five years ago.
Here is a look at all the hopefuls — from Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to ruralist Jean Lassalle — and the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
The vote bodes a grim future, not only for Muslims and minorities but also for French society as a whole.
French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour offers limited welcome to Ukrainians, says Arab refugees still unwelcome in the country.
French President Emmanuel Macron announces he will seek a second term in office at elections next month, with Russia's war in Ukraine likely to eclipse the campaign but boost his chances.
The firebrand far-right candidate was provided his platform by a multi-billionaire media mogul – but it had some strings attached.
Eric Zemmour, who will run for president in April election, says, "I don't want to hear the muezzin's voice in France, and if I become president, I won't."
Working in cahoots with the state, French journalists are accused of indulging in anti-Muslim propaganda in the run-up to the country's presidential elections.
An increasingly toxic election environment is playing out on the country's television sets, with the far-right enjoying the most coverage.
Suspiciously, Emmanuel Macron is revitalising the memory of a Black woman at the same time as he is being accused of appeasing racists.
With presidential elections drawing near, the French government looks for ways to draw in far-right voters.
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