French Presidential Election, 2012

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The 2012 French Presidential Election will be held in April 22 and May 6, 2012. The latter date is being used for a run-off if necessary. French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be eligible to run for a second successive term during this election.

The official campaign will start just a few weeks before the first round of voting. The primaries among the opposition parties will be held starting January 2011 (National Front) and October 2011 (Socialist Party).

Candidates

Candidate Party Info
Nicolas Sarkozy Union for a Popular Movement Incumbent President of France
Francois Hollande Socialist Party President of the General Council of Corrèze, former First Secretary of Socialist Party and MP
Jean-Luc Mélenchon Left Front Member of European Parliament
Marine Le Pen National Front Party President of National Front
Francois Bayrou Democratic Movement President of MoDem and MP
Eva Joly The Greens Member of European Parliament, former magistrate
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Mayor and Member of Parliament
Nathalie Arthaud Workers' Struggle
Philippe Poutou New Anticapitalist Party
Jacques Cheminade Solidarite et progres

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First Round of voting

The first round of voting in the French Presidential Election 2012 began at 8am on on April 22, 2012. The voting will continue till 8pm. All candidates of the 2012 French Presidential Election have cast their votes by noon. Over 44.3 million registered French voters are expected to cast their vote.

Incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy cast his vote in the 16th Arrondisment (district) in Paris. His wife and former Italian supermodel Carla Bruni also cast her vote. Sarkozy is the last of the 10 candidates to vote.

Francois Hollande cast his vote in Tulle in central France.