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Presidential Elections Begin in French Overseas Departments

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Voting in the French presidential elections is taking place in some overseas departments of France and in South and North America, local media reported on Saturday.

Voting in the French presidential elections is taking place in some overseas departments of France and in South and North America, local media reported on Saturday.

The first round of the presidential race in France ended on April 22. Two leaders will compete in the second round. They are François Hollande, an opposition leader of the French Socialist Party, and Nicolas Sarkozy, incumbent president and leader of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement.

The runoff election will take place on Sunday, but residents of some overseas departments have already begun voting due to time differences. The first four polling stations opened on the island of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, located to the west of Canada. There are a total of 4,900 registered voters.

Residents of French Guiana which is situated in South America, the islands of the Caribbean: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and the French side of the island of St. Maarten, and French Polynesia will vote on Saturday.

The results of voting in the overseas departments and abroad, according to the law, will be announced on Sunday evening when the last polling stations in France proper close.

Hollande will wait for the announcement of election results in his native city Tulle. Sarkozy will be in Paris and is expected to deliver a speech to his supporters and journalists at the election headquarters after the name of the winner is known.

Socialist Francois Hollande is leading in the latest French opinion polls, with 52.5-53.5 percent of voters saying they intend to vote for him.

 

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