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US envoy casts first 'straw' vote at Paris's Harry's Bar

Harry's New York Bar, a Paris institution since 1911, launched its traditional "straw poll" for the US presidential election on Wednesday, with the American ambassador casting the first ballot. Media cameras flashed and onlookers cheered as Jane Hartley dropped her ballot into a wooden box taking pride of place on the bar. A gaggle of Americans from New Jersey and New York followed with their votes as the narrow mahogany-panelled watering hole began filling up with its usual mix of regulars and tourists.
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