POSTERS featuring the 11 presidential candidates for the forthcoming elections in France are now staring down upon people across the country.
Found on large, metal presentation boards outside mairies and in other public spaces, the posters feature a photograph of each candidate and their campaign slogans.
Here the small mairie in Loubejac has the presentation boards propped up against the outside wall, ready for the first round of votes set to take place next Sunday, April 23.
Should no candidate win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on Sunday 7 May, but this election, unlike others, is proving very difficult to predict.
The four leading candidates, François Fillon, Marine Le Pen , Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon are each expected to poll somewhere between 18% and 22%, so it is proving very difficult to predict who might get through to the second round.
Even after the result is announced we are not quite finished with the ballot box just yet, as legislative elections are scheduled to take place on 11 and 18 June to elect the members of the National Assembly of the French parliament.