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Dates Set for French Presidential, Parliamentary Elections

French authorities have announced April 22, 2007, as the date for the first round of the country's presidential election, with a run-off if needed on May 6.

Officials say voting for a new National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, will be held June 10 and June 17.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to be the presidential candidate of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement. The front-runner for the Socialist nomination is Segolene Royal, head of the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.

The term of incumbent President Jacques Chirac expires in May. The French leader, who has been in office since 1995, has not announced whether he plans to seek re-election. But most analysts do not believe he will seek another term.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

 

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