Sunday, 22 April 2012

Only 5 points behind the incumbent Sarko.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate François Hollande will face off in the second round of France's presidential election after edging out the far right's Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first round of voting.
By Joseph BAMAT (text)

Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.

Official results announced by France’s Interior Ministry at 8pm showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 20%, the Ipsos polling agency said. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.5%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.5%. The placement of the two leading candidates in the election were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, but Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.

Marine Le Pen far exceeded her father’s shocking second-place 16.86% score in the 2002 presidential race. Even if it was not enough to get her to the second round, the extraordinary score confirmed her presence at the head of the anti-immigration National Front party and in France's political landscape for years to come. A drop in voter intentions for Sarkozy in the final weeks of the campaign appears to have swung to the far-right camp.
Source: France24


Eric Dondero said...

Good you're back Cheradenine. Your loyal readers were worried.


Eric Dondero, Publisher
Houston, Texas USA

Anonymous said...

As Muslims amount to 10% of the electorate, they have already influenced the direction of France - towards an Islamic France.

If Sarkozy had an ounce of patriotism and love of France, that overrides his ego and vanity, he should step down, and let Marine and Hollande give France a straight choice - Republic or Islamic Republic of France.

If the French go for Hollande, they will have no one to blame but themselves when France joins the OIC, in the fullness of time.

For Sarkozy, stepping down has advantages too. He will have absolved himself from blame if France becomes Islamic.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Thanks, Eric. But I'm still operating in limited capacity mode at the moment till I can find a Spanish broadband supplier.

Eric Dondero said...

"Limited capacity" better than nothing.

A proposito. Hablas espanol? Vives tu en Espana? Yo he visitado Espana muchas veces. Vivo cerca de Mexico en el sur de Tejas.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Sí, vivo en España ahora. Puedo hablar castellano un poco, pero estoy aprendiendo todavía.

Maria José said...

Cheradenine, yo soy española. Tu español (castellano) es bueno.

Las frases que has escrito en español están bastante bien escritas. Yo se leer un poco el inglés, pero no se escribirlo bien.

Me alegro de que hayas vuelto. Blogs como el tuyo son muy necesarios.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...


Anonymous said...

For the second tour 6th May, we can forecast that :

80 % of muzz will vote for Parti socialiste and 80 % of catholic will vote for Sarkozy

France now is divided into 2 parts : Pro muzz part and pro France part.

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