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    French President Francois Hollande prepares to vote in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Tulle, France

    Hollande Casts Ballot in Presidential Runoff Election

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    2017 French Presidential Election: Round 2 (36)

    Outgoing French leader Francois Hollande has cast his vote in the Sunday runoff presidential election in the south-western town of Tulle.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — The president, who served as the mayor of Tulle from 2001 to 2008, has talked with electorate and reporters at the polling station.

    Hollande did not participate in the Socialist Party primary election, thus becoming the first French president since 1958, when the Fifth Republic was established, not to seek a second term.

    On Sunday, polling stations opened across France at 8 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT). Most of the polling stations will close at 7 p.m. local time.

    The first round of the presidential election took place on April 23, with independent Emmanuel Macron gaining 24.01 percent of votes, and right-wing Marine Le Pen coming second with 21.3 percent.

    2017 French Presidential Election: Round 2 (36)


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