President Nicolas Sarkozy has made an impassioned plea for five more years at a final rally before the first round of voting.
France's former First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been accused of taking a swipe at President Francois Hollande in a song on her latest album.
It is claimed that Bruni - who had to move out of the Elysee Palace when her husband Nicolas Sarkozy lost last year's election to Hollande - was referring to the President in a song about an impolite penguin.
A French new agency translates her lyrics as: "He takes on the airs of a king/but I know, the penguin/doesn't have the manners of a lord.
"Hey penguin/If one day you cross my path again/I will teach you, penguin/I will teach you to kiss my hand."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni cast their votes in Paris in the first round of France's presidential election today.
But as jobless claims hit a 12 year high in the country, economic despair looks likely to make Sarkozy the first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.