France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Sarkozy, casts his ballot in Paris
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France votes in presidential poll

The people of France have cast their ballots in the country's presidential poll, with concerns over the eurozone crisis and high unemployment key election issues.

Centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is seeking re-election, saying only he can preserve a "strong France".

But he is facing a tough challenge from Socialist Francois Hollande, who has said it is "the left's turn to govern".

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 22 Apr 2012
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