Socialist win in French presidential elections, but not all good news for the Left

François Hollande defeats Nicolas Sarkozy: 51.9% to 48.1%

Hollande, the Socialist party candidate, became first left-wing French president in almost 20 years.

Sarkozy, seen by many French suffering the ongoing effects of austerity, as a President of the 1%, The Guardian said ‘defeated after one term in office, became the 11th European leader to lose power since the economic crisis in 2008’.

La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, was said to have played after Hollande’s victory speech at the Bastille. This version is sung by Placido Domingo

However, during the first round of voting far-right candidate for the National Front Marine Le Pen, ‘won a surprising 17.90 percent of votes, the highest the right-wing party had ever secured in a presidential race’ (soruce). Although it would suggest that voters would rather vote for anyone, Left or extreme right, than the traditional Right party.

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