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Sunday, 5 May, 2002, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
In pictures: France votes
Millions of French are turning out to vote in the crucial run-off in the presidential elections, following the extreme right wing's shock first-round triumph

Voters in Toulouse
Voting got off to a brisk start after polls opened

Voters in Erce, western France
Many voters are anxious to halt Jean-Marie Le Pen's progress...

Ballot papers
... and fear apathy could boost his chances of success

Voter is sprayed with disinfectant at Villemagne, near Toulouse
In protest at the choice of candidates, some voters underwent a mock disinfection

Jacques Chirac
French President Jacques Chirac is expected to win easily...

National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen
... despite Mr Le Pen's shock success in the first round

Woman passes campaign posters
Many French people greeted the first-round result with revulsion
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The BBC's James Coomarasamy
"The French are voting with the eyes of the world on them"
The BBC's Jon Sopel
"The mobilisation against Jean-Marie Le Pen has had some effect "
Cecile Hoareau, French Institute in London
"I am expecting Chirac to get almost 80%"
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