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    Nicolas Sarkozy (L), former French president and candidate for the French conservative presidential primary, and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy speak to a women outside a polling station in the first round of the French center-right presidential primary election vote in Paris, France, November 20, 2016.

    IMF Head, Sarkozy's Wife Urge Citizens to Vote in Sunday's Election

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    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a wife of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, urged the French citizens to vote in the country's presidential elections on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Polling stations opened across France at 8 a.m. local time (6:00 GMT) on Sunday. The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later in the day when the polls close.

    "Our ballots are the fortress protecting our democracy, and it deserves our few minutes this Sunday," Lagarde told Le Journal du Dimanche weekly newspaper.

    According to the newspaper, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, an Italian-French singer, composer and former model, wrote a text inspiring the French people to cast their votes.

    The voters will choose from 11 candidates, the top two of whom will make it to the second round in case nobody gets more than 50 percent of the votes.

    The offices, town halls and gymnasiums have been adopted to host voting stations for Sunday's vote. Elderly and people with limited mobility have been offered free taxi rides and given a hand of getting out to the polling stations.

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