||1. View through open door of polling station
2. Various voting booths being put up
3. Transparent ballot box being brought in
4. Ballot box on table
5. Booths in background behind ballot box
6. Men discussing preparations
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Francois-Xavier Robillard, head of polling station:
"At 8 a.m. (0600GMT), the doors will have to be opened so that people can come and vote. By that time we will have sealed the ballot box after verifying that there is absolutely no ballot paper inside, then given the ballot box keys to two different people. Then we will open the polling station for the vote to proceed. I will then announce that the vote can start at 8 a.m. so that the first voters who want to enjoy the rest of the day, or the ones who systematically want to vote in the early morning, can vote as soon as the polling station is opened."
8. Cards with candidates names being laid out
9. Wide of room
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Francois-Xavier Robillard, head of polling station:
"The significant increase of registration, so that there is now a total of 23-thousand people registered in the city, has led us to open an additional voting station, in order to welcome voters in good conditions."
11. Men discussing preparations
12. Wide of room
Polling stations were being prepared on Saturday for tomorrow's voting in the first round of the French presidential elections.
Voter registration is up for this election, especially in some of the poor city suburbs, where riots raged in 2005.
In Livry-Gargan, a city of 40-thousand inhabitants in the north-east suburbs of Paris, more than 23-thousand people are registered on the voting lists, according to the city hall.
Francois-Xavier Robillard, head of the polling station, said an extra station had been set up to help cope with the increase in registered voters.
Early voting was due to begin on Saturday in some French overseas territories, with mainland France casting ballots on Sunday.
Voters have a choice of 12 candidates, with a run-off between the top two contenders planned for May 6.
The leading candidates are centre-right Nicolas Sarkozy, socialist Segolene Royal, centrist Francois Bayrou and far-right leader Jean-Marie le Pen.
Suspense will hang heavy over the day of national reflection which began at midnight on Friday, when all candidates and polling agencies fell silent after one of the hardest fought campaigns in French history.
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