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Your Money Your Vote: French Presidential Elections

  • 10 Game-Changing Elections in 2012 Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in 2011. In Europe struggling countries such as Italy and Greece brought in the technocrats, or voted out administrations, which had failed to solve their economic crises. In the Middle East two entrenched regimes toppled under popular uprisings and a third after a revolution.In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top. Citizens that rid themselves of dictators and have not yet decided wh

    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard  in Europe and the Middle East in 2011. Here are 10 other elections that could change the game of global politics in 2012.

  • The Parthenon, illuminated at night, sits at the top of Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

    Having seen its influence on global markets ebb in recent months Greece now finds itself at the eye of the storm again, following an inconclusive election result that saw voters reject austerity and the terms of its bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

  • Look for a 'Grexit' Following Elections: Citi Monday, 7 May 2012 | 3:53 AM ET
    The Greek national flag is seen flying above the parliament building on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

    The risk of Greece exiting the euro zone have risen to as much as 75 percent, according to economists at Citi. Describing such an outcome as a “Grexit,” the Citi team said, however, that the chances of a broad-based break-up of the euro zone remain very low.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    Having battled his way to the Eylsee Palace and the French presidency Francois Hollande’s leadership will be tested by a far less conclusive election result from Greece.

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  • The Greek national flag is seen flying above the parliament building on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

    Elections in Greece on Sunday could throw the country into disarray once more, unsettling investors who believed that a deal struck earlier this year to restructure the country’s debt and avert a default marked the end of a major chapter in the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Europe’s 'May Day' Not All About Barbecues Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    May Day, Europe’s equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, is traditionally a protest day, a symbol for workers and trade unions, but upcoming elections in France and Greece are bringing a new level of political importance to the annual holiday.

  • Greece Must Renegotiate Bailout: Expert Friday, 4 May 2012 | 5:10 AM ET
    Greek Parliament

    Greece needs to see consensus among the various political factions and to renegotiate its bailout to return to markets and build a long-term program of economic growth, according to the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

  • Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    French banks in particular will be very sensitive to the outcome of the presidential elections due to two factors, Laurent Deydier, portfolio manager at Banque Jean-Philippe Hottinguer, told CNBC.com.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.

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