French Presidential Election Draws Record Turnout

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Melissa Block and Audie Cornish compare the high voter turnout in France on Sunday to the Greek, German and American voter turnout.


With all the talk out of Europe today, one more number caught our ear, 80. That's the percentage of registered voters in France who cast a ballot yesterday.


In Greece, it was a far lower turnout, 65 percent. And in Germany, elections in the country's northern most state, drew 56 percent.

BLOCK: That number is much more in line with U.S. turnout. In 2008, when Senator Obama became President Obama, 58 percent of voting-age Americans cast ballots, far short of French standards. But by American standards, it was the biggest turnout for a presidential election in four decades.

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