The turnout of voters casting theirballots for the next French president has reached 30.66 percent bylocal time 12 a.m. (1000 GMT) on Sunday, the interior ministryannounced on its official website as many more voters are still ontheir way to polling stations across the country. The turnout of the second round was 2.37 percent higher in thefirst four hours after the polling kicked off, as compared to thatof the first round turnout. However, it was down from 34.11 percentin the run-off five years ago. Laminate Tube
Both candidates, especially the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy who hastrailed opinion polls for months, would like to see all their ownsupporters come and vote for them. Most polling stations will be closed at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT), with theexception of 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) in big cities, after which the worldwill know if Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande has beenelected as the new president as predicted by all polls. Food Flexible Packaging Manufacturer
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