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In pictures: French voters decide

A Parisian holds his voting card as he waits his turn

The French have been voting in the second and final round of their most hotly contested presidential election in recent times.

A man and a girl look at posters of the two candidates in Segolene Royal's Melle constituency

The poll, which pits conservative Nicolas Sarkozy against socialist Segolene Royal, has galvanised France's 43.5 million voters.

Parisians line up to vote in the capital's 18th district

A record turnout is already being reported at polling stations across mainland France.

Young men pose with their electoral identity cards in Paris suburb Clichy-sous-Bois

Young people queued to vote in Clichy-sous-Bois, the scene of violent clashes between police and youths in late 2005.

Women leave a polling station in the French capital, Paris

By midday, more than 35% of French voters had made their choice.

A man on the French Indian territory island of La Reunion prepares to vote

One million citizens living in French overseas territories cast their votes earlier.

A Lebanese-French national wears a T-shirt with Nicolas Sarkozy's nickname

This Lebanese-French national in Beirut supports conservative Nicolas Sarkozy - whom many expect to win.

A young girl casts her father's ballot at a polling station in Melle, France

Rival Segolene Royal is the first woman to come so close to the presidency, with promises to raise the minimum wage and create subsidised jobs for young people.

A man dressed as Superman casts his ballot in Toulouse, southern France

The poll is expected to change the face of France - although some voters are not taking it 100% seriously.

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