By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, May 6, 2012
Today, at 8pm, the French will know the name of the person who will lead France in the next five years.
In the second round of presidential elections, approximately 46 million voters head to the polls to choose –today- between incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist competitor Francois Hollande. The polls opened at 8 am and to will be closed in major cities at 8 pm (GMT+2). Voting process has begun on Saturday, May5 for the French living overseas, Canada and USA.
The socialist Francois Hollande, Who has topped the first round of the elections with 28.63%, is likely to bar the conservative incumbent from snatching a second term in office.
But the difference between the candidates was down to the weakest level since the start of the campaign according to the last opinion poll published on Friday evening, as it indicated that Holland won 52% of voting intentions, compared to 48% for Sarkozy.
Francois Hollande voted this morning in Tulle, Corrèze, a department in which he was president of the General Council. On the other, hand Nicolas Sarkozy voted on Sunday morning in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, along with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In the first round, 20% of voters did not cast ballots marking an abstention higher than that recorded during the previous president in 2007.
Marine Le Pen, of the far-right National Front, announced that she would cast a blank ballot calling her followers to do so. Other left-wing parties and centrist candidate François Bayrou said they would cast their second-round ballot in favor of Hollande.
Should the outgoing President, Nicolas Sarkozy, lose the second round, he would become the first President not to win a second term after former President Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
In the event that Hollande confirms his advantage in the second round, he would become France’s first left-wing president since Francois Mitterand, who beat incumbent Valery Giscard-d’Estaing in 1981.