France's presidential hopefuls turn out to vote

22nd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - The main candidates in France's unpredictable presidential election turned out to vote in the April sunshine Sunday, hopeful of winning through to the second round run-off.

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - The main candidates in France's unpredictable presidential election turned out to vote in the April sunshine Sunday, hopeful of winning through to the second round run-off.

Rightwing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy cast his vote along with his wife Cecilia at a polling station in a Paris suburb.

The pair, accompanied by two of Cecilia's daughters, were watched by a small crowd of onlookers as they arrived on foot at the polling station in the affluent town of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

His main rival, Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal, cast her vote in the small town of Melle, in the western Deux Sevres region.

Looking relaxed in a grey linen jacket and cream dress, greeted an enthusiastic crowd, surrounded by some 20 journalists.

Outgoing President Jacques Chirac and his wife Bernadette turned out to vote at the village of Sarran, in the central Correze region, where they have their family residence.

Chirac, who announced his retirement last month after 12 years as France's head of state, took time to greet more than 120 well-wishers before going into the village hall to cast his vote.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, voted in the western Parisian suburb of leader Saint Cloud.

Surrounded by a heavy police presence and the party's own security team, he posed for photographers before dropping his ballot in the box.

Anti-globalisation campaigner Jose Bove, voted just a few kilometres from his farm in the hamlet of Pierrefiche du Larzac, in the southern region of Aveyron.

Bove, looking relaxed and dressed in a blue shirt and beige trousers and accompanied by his partner, greeted the 20 or so villagers and a similar number of journalists before voting. Bove is one of five fringe candidates on the far left.

Sarkozy is favourite to make it through Sunday's first round to the run-off vote on May 6.

The socialist Segolene Royal is in second place, according to opinion polls, with centrist candidate Francois Bayrou and far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen in third and fourth place.


Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article