France's Voter Turnover Reaches 72%

World | May 6, 2012, Sunday // 18:55|  views

France expected nearly 80% voter turnout at the closing of the presidential elections run-off polls Sunday. Photo by BGNES

The voter turnover in France's presidential runoff has reached 71.96% at 5:00 pm local time, according to the country's Interior Ministry.

A total of 70.59% of the French voters had cast their ballots by 5 pm on April 22 when the first round took place.

According to initial reports, Francois Hollande is set to win the election by gathering approximately 52.5% - 53% of all votes.

Sarkozy's result is between 47% and 47.5%, Belgian and Swiss papers say, citing exit polls.

Sarkozy is facing his Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande in the run-off of the French Presidential Elections, with Sarkozy trailing Hollande by 6 percentage points in polls Friday.

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Tags: elections, presidential, run-off, Nicolas Sarkozy, francois hollande, voter turnout, France


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