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France gears up for presidential runoff election

05-06-2012 10:59 BJT

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Polling stations around France are gearing up for Sunday's presidential runoff election, pitting incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy against challenger Francois Hollande.

Final polls show Sarkozy closing the gap on his Socialist challenger, but still suggest a Hollande victory. The incumbent president still insists there could be a surprise result in store, while Hollande is urging his supporters to avoid complacency, as the bitter campaign nears its climax.

The election campaign has been dominated by issues of employment, immigration and the French economy. The outcome could have impact on such issues as Europe's debt crisis, how long French troops will stay in Afghanistan and French military and diplomatic influence around the world.

France's President and conservative candidate for re-election in 2012, Nicolas
Sarkozy, shakes hands with crowds of supporters after a campaign meeting in
Sables d'Ollonne, western France, Friday, May 4, 2012.

French Socialist Party candidate for the french presidential election Francois
Hollande with his companion French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, answer
journalist's questions during a visit at the market in Tulle, southwestern
France, on the eve of the presidential election second round, Saturday,
May 5, 2012.

France's incumbent President and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party
candidate for the French 2012 presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy, strolls
along the sea front after his last campaign meeting in Les Sables-d'Olonne,
western France, Friday, May 4, 2012, two days ahead of the second round of
the French presidential elections.

French Socialist Party candidate for the presidential election Francois Hollande
and his companion French journalist Valerie Trierweiler, visit the market in
Tulle, southwestern France, on the eve of the presidential election second
round, Saturday, May 5, 2012.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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