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flandersnews.be - French in Belgium ready for election
Sat 21/04/07 - 40,411 French nationals, who live in Belgium, are registered to vote in tomorrow's French presidential elections. The 165, 000-strong French community in Belgium is the second largest group of immigrants in the country after the Italians. Around 85% of the French nationals resident in Belgium live either in Brussels or in Flemish or Walloon Brabant.

Brussels has the third biggest colony of French ex-pats in the world after Geneva and London.
Flemings back Royal

A poll on the VRT's Dutch-language news website vrtnieuws.net about the French elections attracted 4806 respondents on Friday.

49% of those taking part backed the socialist candidate Ségolène Royal.

25% said that if they were allowed to vote in France they would back Nicolas Sarkozy, François Bayrou had the support of 11% of those taking part with the far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen getting just 7%.

2% of those taking part in the poll said they'd back one of the other 8 candidates with 6% saying that they'd abstain, as voting in France is not compulsory.              

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sat Apr 21st, 2007 at 01:20:29 PM EST

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