- Title: FRANCE: Interior Ministry midday figures show voter turnout at 30.66 percent
- Date: 7th May 2012
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE VOTING
- Embargoed: 22nd May 2012 13:00
- Location: France
- Country: France
- Topics: Politics
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- Story Text: Interior Ministry figures showed voter participation in the second round of the French presidential ballot on Sunday (May 6) at 30.66 percent at midday, higher than first round turnout but lower than 2007's second round record turnout of 34.11 percent.
Voters waiting their turn at a polling station in Paris' 18th district said they noticed fewer people than the last round and that queues seemed to be moving fast.
"Fewer people today, than in the first round. There is a smaller wait, It was pretty quick," said one voter Ridah.
Sunday's election run-off could make Nicolas Sarkozy the 11th European leader to be swept from office by the economic crisis and crown Francois Hollande as France's first Socialist president in 17 years.
Buoyed by a tide of anger over Sarkozy's inability to rein in rampant unemployment during his five-year term, Hollande was between four and eight points ahead in final opinion polls for a vote that could mean a shift in direction for Europe
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