The first exit poll results of the French Presidential Election were released at 7pm (8pm CET) this evening and are as follows (there was a ban on reporting exit polls before the close of polls):
- François Hollande 28.4% (PS)
- Nicolas Sarkozy 25.5% (UMP)
- Marine le Pen 20% (FN)
- Jean-Luc Mélenchon 11.7% (Left Front)
- François Bayrou 8.5% (MoDem)
- Eva Joly 2% (Green)
- Nicolas Dupont-Aignan 1.8% (Arise the Republic)
- Philippe Poutou 1.2% (New Anti-Capitalist)
- Nathalie Arthaud 0.8% (Workers Struggle)
- Jacques Cheminade 0.2% (Solidarity and Progress)
The second round of the voting will be between Socialist Francois Hollande and UMP’s Nicolas Sarkozy on May 6th.
Over the next two weeks they will be fighting for the votes of those who don’t progress.
The big surprise is of course Marine Le Pen’s vote being about 20%. If Sarkozy can capture most of that he could snatch victory on May 6th.
There is some good news for Hollande with both Eva Joly of the Greens and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front have both called on their supporters to back Hollande in the second round.
More as the results come in.
- French Presidential Election, 2012 (stephenspillane.com)
- France votes as Sarkozy faces defeat after one term (dawn.com)
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