5 May 2012

Election campaigning now over

12:06 pm on 5 May 2012

Campaigning for the French presidential election is now over, with the two rival candidates making their final speeches on Friday.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said the silent majority could still give him a sensational victory.

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande urged voters to give him a clear mandate to fight European Union austerity measures.

After a fiercely fought campaign, voters now have a break from political speeches and opinion polls, before casting their ballots on Sunday.