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Sarkozy, favorite Hollande advance to runoff in French presidential vote

The Washington Post, 23 April 2012
Publié le : 23 avril 2012
 Edward Cody 
PARIS — Francois Hollande, the Socialist candidate for president of France, bested President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday in the first round of voting, according to the Interior Ministry, and headed into a May 6 runoff election favored to become the country’s next chief executive.

Hollande won 28.6 percent to Sarkozy’s 27.1 percent, the Interior Ministry said, with 99 percent of votes counted, according to the Associated Press, giving the Socialist contender momentum that commentators said will be hard to stop. Placing third was Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front, with up to 18 percent. The rest of the vote was spread among Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Leftist Front, with 11.1 percent, and six other minor candidates.

“This is an act of confidence in the project I have presented to put the country back in order,” a smiling Hollande said in a post-vote statement.

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