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Final polling in French presidential election kicks off

05-06-2012 16:21 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

PARIS, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The second round of polling that will decide the next French president between Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande started in mainland France on Sunday morning.

With polling stations opening at 8 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), the majority of the 46 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballots for either the right-wing incumbent president or the Socialist challenger.

Xinhua correspondents in Paris' 17th arrondisment (district) saw more than a dozen voters waiting in the drizzle outside polling stations to cast their ballots.

"I voted for Hollande," Alain, a registered voter in the 17th arrondisment, told Xinhua. "Sarkozy will lose because his behavioral problem, while Hollande will bring social justice and coherence to France."

Another voter, Pierre, said that Sarkozy "lost the game long time ago." However, the voter was not confident about a Hollande administration either.

A young man who voted for Sarkozy said he hoped that the incumbent president would "help the country get out of the crisis."


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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