France's presidential election has been hit by a security alert

The courtyard of the Louvre in Paris has been evacuated due to concerns about a possible terror threat

The centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron was hoping to celebrate his campaign's expected victory at the venue later.

Earlier, Macron and his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen cast their votes. 

Turnout so far is steady, in what's being described as the country's most important vote in decades.

Politics professor Catherine de Vries says it's perhaps not surprising that neither candidate comes from a traditional parties.

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