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Francois Hollande ‘beats Nicolas Sarkozy’ in presidential election first round

Francois Hollande ‘beats Nicolas Sarkozy’ in presidential election first round
Vinay Patel

Francois Hollande beat right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in France’s first round of the presidential race, according to early estimates from several polling institutes.

Both candidates qualified for the second round on May 6, with Mr Hollande taking 28 to 29 per cent of the vote and Mr Sarkozy 25 to 26, according to unofficial estimates from multiple sources.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen came third with between 17 and 20 pe rcent, beating far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon, who scored between 10.5 and 13 per cent, according to the estimates.

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