Sun, 06 May 2012 14:00:12 GMT

France votes to choose Sarkozy or Hollande

Paris: Voters in France cast their ballots Sunday in a crucial run-off in the country's presidential polls that could see a Socialist win for the first time since 1988.

France votes in crucial presidential run-off

The second round of elections witnessed about 31 percent of the voters casting their ballots by noon, the French interior ministry stated.

On Sunday, polling stations opened at 8.00 a.m. in mainland France, as its 46 million registered voters chose between the right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger François Hollande, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday, Sarkozy cast his vote in the 16th arrondisment (district) in Paris with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy just before noon. Though looking quite tired, the president greeted supporters in a cheerful manner.

Hollande cast his vote at 10.30 a.m. in Tulle, central France, where he served as the mayor from 2001 to 2008.

Shaking hands and taking pictures, Hollande spent time with supporters and journalists before casting his ballot.

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