French presidential election

Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a run-off in the race for France's presidency, according to partial official results after a first round of voting.

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Sarkozy votes amid uncertainty

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.

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