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Battle royale in France

April 23, 2007
France is voting for a new President.

A record 44.5 million voters cast their votes on Sunday, April 22, the highest turnout in 50 years, in the opening round of the election.

The first round threw up two finalists -- Conservative leader Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal.

Sarkozy, who polled 31.1 per cent votes in the first round, may be ahead of Royal (who won 25.8 per cent of the vote), but the final vote next fortnight could go either way.

Image: A supporter of Socialist candidate Segolene Royal waves the French flag to celebrate her second place finish in the first round of voting.
Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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