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French presidential run-off begins

05-06-2012 19:12 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

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The final showdown in France's presidential race has begun. Voters will choose between incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande.The election could have an impact on everything from Europe’s efforts to fight its debt crisis to how long French troops stay in Afghanistan.

Nicolas Sarkozy has cast his ballot, after the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande voted earlier.

France's President and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party's candidate Nicolas
Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrive at Lycee Jean de la Fontaine to cast their
votes in the 2nd round of the 2012 French presidential election in Paris, France, May
6, 2012. (Xinhua/Etienne Laurent)

Reliable projections based on a partial vote count will be published as soon as the last polling stations close at 6pm local time Sunday.

Final opinion polls showed Sarkozy making up ground on Hollande, but still suggested a victory for the Socialist. No matter who wins the top office, his honeymoon will be very short. The new president will face difficult decisions and an empty public purse.

France's Socialist Party's presidential candidate Francois Hollande (Front) arrives
at a polling station to cast his ballot in the 2nd round of the 2012 French
presidential election in Tulle, southern France, May 6, 2012.(Xinhua/Gao Jing)

France's President and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party's candidate Nicolas
Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrive at Lycee Jean de la Fontaine to cast their
votes in the 2nd round of the 2012 French presidential election in Paris, France, May
6, 2012. (Xinhua/Etienne Laurent)

France's Socialist Party's presidential candidate Francois Hollande (Front) arrives
at a polling station to cast his ballot in the 2nd round of the 2012 French
presidential election in Tulle, southern France, May 6, 2012.(Xinhua/Gao Jing)

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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