Conflict & Justice

Socialist Francois Hollande Ahead After First Round of France Election


Francois Hollande (Photo: Matthieu Riegler/Wiki Commons)

BBC — French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.

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Francois Hollande came top with 28.6% and Sarkozy got 27.1% — the first time a sitting president has lost in the first round.

Third-place Marine Le Pen took the largest share of the vote her far-right National Front has ever won, with 18%.

Referring to her voters, President Sarkozy said: "I have heard you."

Gerry Hadden reports.