France Elections Live Blog
France Elections - May 6, 2012 - 18:12
And in the Paris suburb Corbeil-Essonnes, our producer Cajsa Wikstrom, spoke to a couple of voters with a different take:
Olfa Benkhemis, a 29-year-old who works for an insurance company, said she voted for the "least bad" candidate:
I vote because it's a duty. The candidates fight among themselves but they don't really talk about important issues like employment or housing. I'm lucky to have a job, but for example my brother has been struggling to find work, although he's got a degree.
Fatma Zahra Rafik,a 37-year-old information engineer, said the most important issue for her is the treatment of Muslims and gives the ban on full-face veils as an example of laws she finds discriminatory:
'I'm a mother and I'm worried about the future of my daughter, that she won't be accepted as a Muslim,' said Rafik, who was born in Morocco.
But she has little hope that the situation will change, even if France gets a new president. Hollande wins.
'But I still vote, because I have the right to do so. My parents for example, who have been here for 30 years, cannot vote, because they've been denied citizenship. They work, and they're good citizens. It's not fair.'