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Many French voters undecided, uninspired

April 17, 2012 at 4:36 PM   |   Comments

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PARIS, April 17 (UPI) -- A record number of voters in France say they haven't decided on a presidential candidate or may not even vote, polls indicate.

Less than a week before the first round of voting Sunday, Radio France Internationale reported 29 percent of voters remain undecided or might not bother voting.

And the first round of voting is scheduled during schools' spring break, meaning some voters will be away from polling places, which could further reduce turnout.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande hope to woo those who are either undecided on a candidate or who say they may not vote, RFI said.

But numerous voters say the candidates haven't addressed big concerns, including jobs and incomes amid economic uncertainty.

Most candidates have conceded tough times lay ahead with the need to balance the budget, and candidates on the right have sought to make immigration, Islam, and crime issues in the election.

Thus far, polls have shown Hollande holding a lead over Sarkozy.

Sarkozy and his backers hope hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has risen from about 6 percent to as high as 14 percent in polls, will take votes away from Hollande.

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