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    French Government Undertook All Security Measures for Safe Election - Hollande

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    The French government has taken all possible measures to provide security at the ongoing presidential election in order for the French citizens to safely fulfill their fundamental right, incumbent French President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said that all national security forces were maximally mobilized in the light of the election.

    "All measures were taken and I want to thank the communes, which joined the need to be vigilant and provided the French people with all conditions that allow them to fulfill their fundamental right – to choose the future," Hollande said, as quoted by the France Info radio station.

    On Sunday, polling stations opened across France at 8 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT) for the first round of the presidential election. The first results are expected at around 8 p.m. local time later on Sunday, when the polls close.

    The concerns about security at the French presidential election were raised after a gunman opened fire on French police officers in Paris on Thursday, killing one law enforcement member and injuring two others, along with a passerby. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.

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