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French-Israelis lining up to vote Photo: Gilad Morag
French-Israelis lining up to vote Photo: Gilad Morag
 
Sarkozy. End of the road? Photo: EPA
Sarkozy. End of the road? Photo: EPA
 
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande Photo: EPA
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande Photo: EPA
 
Long line in Tel Aviv Photo: AFP
Long line in Tel Aviv Photo: AFP
 
 

Israelis vote Sarkozy in French elections

Thousands of French-Israelis eligible to vote in presidential elections, line up outside polling stations. 'I'm voting for Sarzkoy because he's good for the Jews,' says one voter

Gilad Morag, AP
Published: 04.22.12, 15:23 / Israel News

Thousands of French-Israeli citizens lined up outside polling stations across Israel to vote in the first round of France's presidential election. Some 57,000 French citizens residing in Israel are eligible to vote in the race.

 

A long line of voters stretched outside the French Consulate in Tel Aviv on Sunday. Hundreds of French citizens living in Israel turned up to exercise their democratic right to vote.

 


מחכים בתור לקונסוליה הצרפתית בתל-אביב, היום (צילום: גלעד מורג)

Long line outside French Consulate (Photo: Gilad Morag)

 

Max, a French citizen originally born in Algeria, made aliyah 65 years ago and now lives in Bat Yam. "I vote for Sarkozy because he's good for the Jews," he told Ynet. "He supported Israel. His understanding of the Israeli issue is important. Sarkozy has Jewish blood."

 

Charles from Bnei Brak also declared he was voting for Sarkozy. "We're 100% behind Sarkozy. It's what's good for the Jews."

 

Raanana resident Ami, 37, also said he will be voting for the current French president. "We need to bolster him. The Socialists were never good to the Jews. The elections are important because we as Israelis need friends and Sarkozy has proven that he is one. He's good for the economy too. "

 


סרקוזי חמוש ברעייתו ברוני, היום בצהריים (צילום: EPA)

Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni (Photo: EPA)

 

Valentine, a French exchange student studying politics at the Tel Aviv University presented the average French voter's perspective. "Sarkozy may be good for you Jews but the French voter takes into consideration other things such as immigration, education and the economy. This year the campaigns revolved mainly around the economic side of things."

 

Meanwhile, in France itself voters were turning out in solid numbers for the first round of the presidential election. President Sarkozy's political career is said to be on the line amid frustration over his personal style and inability to turn around a stagnant French economy.

 


המועמד המוביל פרנסואה הולנד עם מצביעה ובאגטים, הבוקר (צילום: EPA)

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande (Photo: EPA)

 

Sunday's balloting will trim down a list of 10 candidates from across the political spectrum to two finalists for a decisive May 6 runoff, which will set a course for the next five years in this pillar of the European Union.

 

Polls for months have shown that Sarkozy and Socialist nominee Francois Hollande are likely to make the cut - and suggest Hollande would win the campaign finale.

 

Sarkozy waved to supporters and apologized to polling station attendants "for the big fuss" as he voted at a high school in posh western Paris along with his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy - and a throng of journalists in tow.

 

 

 

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