Pressure on Sarkozy as France goes to the polls

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande has been ahead in the polls for the last 11 months, writes Gregory Viscusi.

21st April, 2012
French president Nicolas Sarkozy facing uphill battle. Photo: Getty

President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger Francois Hollande took a break yesterday from two months of intense electioneering, as the French electorate go to the polls today.

Around 85,000 polling stations opened this morning from 8am. Most will close at 6pm, but in major cities they will stay open until 8pm, when estimated results will be released.

Hollande and Sarkozy are almost certain to top the 10 person field in tomorrow's first round and will...

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