France election: Francois Hollande “wins first round”
French Socialist Francois Hollande has won most votes in the first round of the country’s presidential election, estimates show.
They suggest he got more than 28% of votes against about 26% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
The two men will face each other in a second round on 6 May.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen came third with about 19% of the vote, ahead of seven other candidates. The poll has been dominated by economic concerns.
Estimates based on votes counted in polling stations that closed early were announced by French media when all voting ended at 20:00.
Afterwards, Mr Hollande said he was “best placed to become the next president of the republic” and that Mr Sarkozy had been punished by voters.
A French politician who was the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008. He has also been a Deputy of the National Assembly of France for Corrèze’s 1st Constituency since 1997, and previously represented that seat from 1988 to 1993. He was the Mayor of Tulle from 2001 to 2008, and has been the President of the General Council of Corrèze since 2008.
On 16 October 2011, Hollande was nominated to be the Socialist and Left Radical Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election. His main opponent is incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Francois Hollande is Jewish or partially Jewish.
a jew will replace another jew..watch the mad rush now to woo “le pen” voters.. perhaps suckoozy will come out with some xenophobic comments this week?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election’s first round.
~ by seeker401 on April 24, 2012.