May 6 - Francois Hollande is poised to unseat incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and become France's first socialist president in 17 years. Andrew Raven reports.
Francois Hollande, the front-runner in France's presidential election, casts his ballot on the central city of Tulle. The socialist leader was nursing a six point lead over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy heading into a second - and final - round of voting today. Hollande has been buoyed by a tide of anger over Sarkozy's inability to rein in rampant unemployment during his five-year term. (SOUNDBITE) (French) EMPALOT RESIDENT, NOURIA, SAYING: "The new President has to listen to people, listen to the population. When it comes to work and pay, that's all we ask for." A win would make Hollande France's first socialist president in 17 years. It would also make Sarkozy, voting here in Paris, the 11th European leader to fall since the start of the continent's debt crisis. The election comes at a crucial time for the euro zone; if Hollande is elected he wants to challenge Germany's focus on austerity policies. Andrew Raven, Reuters