Israelis vote Sarkozy in French elections (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag, AP Published: 04.22.12, 15:23)
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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
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.
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
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. "
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.
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
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.(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/22/12)
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