Ballot cast in France
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France votes in presidential poll: Reports and reaction

The people of France have been casting their ballots in a presidential election taking place amid widespread concern over the eurozone crisis and high unemployment.

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".

  • 22 Apr 2012