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French Nationals in Chicago Head to the Polls

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This Sunday France will elect a new president.

But some French nationals will be casting their ballots a day early at the Lycee Francais in Chicago.

Christophe Alamelama coordinates the voting for the French Consulate in Chicago.

ALAMELAMA: Most of them come from Chicago, but also others come from as far as Minneapolis, St. Louis, Missouri, and Indianapolis, so it’s quite a large area.

He says about three thousand people are registered to vote in Chicago. Thirty percent of them voted in the first round of the presidential election. Officials expect more will turn out for tomorrow’s runoff.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy is leading Socialist candidate Segolene Royal in pre-election opinion polls.

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