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Voting underway in French presidential election

Voting underway in French presidential election
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Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president. Final polls showed Socialist Francois Hollande narrowly ahead of incumbent Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy for the first round – and comfortably winning a run-off next month.

If Hollande does win, France will get its first left-wing president in 17 years.

But, overall, voter turnout could be low. Many people have complained about lack of appeal, saying there has been too much arguing between the candidates and not enough of a focus on core issues.

Voting has already taken place in overseas territories.

There are ten candidates in all competing for the top job in France. The elections will go to a second, run-off round if none of them secure 50 percent of the vote.