French take to the polls

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French President and UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after casting their votes in the first round of French presidential elections in Paris, France. AP Photo/Michel Euler

French President and UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after casting their votes in the first round of French presidential elections in Paris, France. AP Photo/Michel Euler

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A woman takes her ballot before casting her vote for the first round of French presidential elections at a polling station in the Mont Saint-Michel, northwestern France. AFP/Charly Triballeau

A woman takes her ballot before casting her vote for the first round of French presidential elections at a polling station in the Mont Saint-Michel, northwestern France. AFP/Charly Triballeau

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A French nun residing in Israel casts her ballot for the French presidential elections at a polling station in the French consulate in Tel Aviv. AFP/Jack Guez

A French nun residing in Israel casts her ballot for the French presidential elections at a polling station in the French consulate in Tel Aviv. AFP/Jack Guez

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Front de Gauche (FG) leftist party's candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Jean-Luc Melenchon is about to cast his ballot in a polling station in Paris, as part of the 2012 French presidential election first round vote. AFP/POOL

Front de Gauche (FG) leftist party's candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Jean-Luc Melenchon is about to cast his ballot in a polling station in Paris, as part of the 2012 French presidential election first round vote. AFP/POOL

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A woman, with her dog in her arms, casts her ballot at a polling station in Paris, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Thomas Coex

A woman, with her dog in her arms, casts her ballot at a polling station in Paris, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Thomas Coex

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A woman holds a ballot of France's incumbent President and right-wing ruling party Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) candidate for the French 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy during the counting at a polling station after the residents of Cayenne, French Guiana, voted for the 2012 French presidential election. AFP/Jerome Valette

A woman holds a ballot of France's incumbent President and right-wing ruling party Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) candidate for the French 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy during the counting at a polling station after the residents of Cayenne, French Guiana, voted for the 2012 French presidential election. AFP/Jerome Valette

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People vote at the French consulate general in Sydney as French citizens in Australia began voting, in the first round of the country's presidential election that pits Socialist Francois Hollande against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. AFP/William West

People vote at the French consulate general in Sydney as French citizens in Australia began voting, in the first round of the country's presidential election that pits Socialist Francois Hollande against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. AFP/William West

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Maripasoula, French Guiana, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Jody Amiet

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Maripasoula, French Guiana, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Jody Amiet

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A man signs the vote register after voting at a polling station in Maripasoula, French Guiana, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Jody Amiet

A man signs the vote register after voting at a polling station in Maripasoula, French Guiana, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Jody Amiet

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The older Monks of Mont des Cats' abbey Aimable Filipo 98 years old, leaves a polling booth before to cast his ballot in Godewaersvelde, northern France on during the first round of the French presidential election. AFP/Philippe Huguen

The older Monks of Mont des Cats' abbey Aimable Filipo 98 years old, leaves a polling booth before to cast his ballot in Godewaersvelde, northern France on during the first round of the French presidential election. AFP/Philippe Huguen

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A woman picks up ballots prior voting at a polling station in La Possession in the French Indian ocean island of La Réunion, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Richard Bouhet

A woman picks up ballots prior voting at a polling station in La Possession in the French Indian ocean island of La Réunion, for the first-round poll of French 2012 presidential election. AFP/Richard Bouhet

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A French Shanghai resident cast his ballot at a polling station for the 2012 French presidential election in Shanghai. French voters headed to the polls on April 22 for the first round of a presidential election that is expected to mark the end of Nicolas Sarkozy's turbulent term in office. AFP/Peter Parks

A French Shanghai resident cast his ballot at a polling station for the 2012 French presidential election in Shanghai. French voters headed to the polls on April 22 for the first round of a presidential election that is expected to mark the end of Nicolas Sarkozy's turbulent term in office. AFP/Peter Parks

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