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All eyes on Hollande as first-round victory leaves Sarkozy on brink

Publié par Clifford Armion le 23/04/2012

John Lichfield

The Socialist challenger François Hollande narrowly topped the poll in the first round of the French presidential elections last night and now seems likely to become the first left-wing occupant of the Elysée Palace for 17 years.

Mr Hollande scored an estimated 28.6 per cent in the 10-candidate first round, pushing the President Nicolas Sarkozy into second with 27 per cent.

However, the National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, shook the foundations of mainstream politics in France by scoring an unexpectedly high 19 per cent – smashing her father's first and second-round far-right records of 2002. The hard-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was fourth with 10.8 per cent. In other words, one in three French voters chose candidates who seek to overturn the national and European political consensus.
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"All eyes on Hollande as first-round victory leaves Sarkozy on brink ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2012. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/all-eyes-on-hollande-as-first-round-victory-leaves-sarkozy-on-brink-