The French Elections - Some one third of voters will not vote - News Analysis from Russian Television
French voters are beginning the process of choosing their next president. There are 10 candidates in the running, including incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and his main rival socialist Francois Hollande. The main concern though is turnout will be low, amid discontent over a struggling economy and record unemployment. RT gets the full picture from Tesa Arcilla who's in Paris.
Democracy and Class Struggle says one of the key factors will be the rate of abstention, which has ranged from 15% to 30% in presidential elections since 1965.
Pollsters have predicted 25% of voters will shun the ballot this time rather than the 33% mentioned in the Russia Today Program.
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