As expected Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy will square off on May 6 in round two of the French presidential elections.
However, there was a huge surprise in spot number 3 as extreme right wing candidate Marine Le Pen pulled in 18% of the vote running on a dump-the-euro platform.
First Round Totals
Le Pen: 18%
Please consider Le Pen voters to arbitrate Hollande-Sarkozy duel
Latest polls show French President Sarkozy is losing ground to right-wing anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round of the France presidential election. Via Google translate, please consider Le Pen and Bayrou Back
Paris (AFP) - France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Saturday tipped to win the leadership of his right-wing UMP in party elections, a position seen as a potential springboard back into high office.
As goes the French economy, so goes the reelection chances of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Although Sarkozy leads in round one, polls show that lead is shrinking at a pace that suggests he will not carry round one.
More importantly, Sarkozy is trailing again by double digits in polls for the decisive round two.
For those not familiar with elections in France, round one pits candidates from all the parties against each other on April 22. If no one gets 50%, the top two finishers square off in round two, on May 6.
PARIS — Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back.
The man who led France from 2007 to 2012 announced Friday on Facebook that he’s joining the race to lead his conservative UMP party in elections next month. The widely expected move is seen as a first step toward running for president in 2017.
Sarkozy, the 59-year-old husband of model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, faces a string of legal problems linked to corruption accusations. But that doesn’t appear to be holding him back from staging a political return.
PARIS — A judge on Thursday filed preliminary charges against former President Nicolas Sarkozy in a campaign finance case, formally placing him under investigation over allegations that he illegally took donations from France’s richest woman on way to his 2007 election victory.