France's 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV

A man walks past French presidential campaign posters displayed in Sevres, outside Paris, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) - The 11 men and women hoping to be France's next president are appearing on national television seeking to sway voters in the nail-biting, unpredictable election campaign.

The candidates will each have 15 minutes Thursday night individually to answer questions about their stances, along with a brief conclusion at the end, in a prime-time program on France 2.

The four top candidates - centrist Emmanuel Macron, far-right Marine le Pen, conservative Francois Fillon and far-left Jean-Luc Melenchon- will be seeking to impress the 30 percent of French voters who are still undecided.

The French presidential race's outcome is increasingly uncertain just three days before Sunday's first-round vote. The two top vote-getters on Sunday will advance to the May 7 presidential runoff.

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