PARIS (AP) -- Polling stations opened Saturday in France's far-flung overseas territories - one day earlier than on the mainland - for the country's unpredictable presidential election as the 11 candidates in the race observed a ban on campaigning.

France's 10 percent unemployment and the country's lackluster economy top voters' concerns as first-round ballots are cast this weekend in the most nail-biting French election in generations.

Opinion polls showed a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get the May presidential 7 runoff that will decide who becomes the next head of state. But the polls also showed that the future of France was largely in the hands of the one-in-three voters who were still undecided.

A deadly attack on police on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees Avenue clouded the last days of campaigning. Security is a prominent issue after a wave of extremist attacks on French soil, including Thursday night's attack by a gunman who killed a Paris police officer before being shot dead by security forces. The gunman had a note in his pocket praising the Islamic State group.

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