Sunday, April 22, 2012

France Holds First Round of Presidential Election

Voters in France are casting ballots for their favorite among 10 candidates vying to become the country's next leader.  A second-round face-off is likely between incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Francois Hollande.

Jobs and France's sickly economy are top issues, especially in working class suburbs with high immigrant populations and high unemployment rates.  

Sarkozy is banking on his experience steering France through hard economic times.  As president, he promised people would earn more by working more.  But unemployment grew during his presidency, and many voters are disillusioned.