Hollande, Sarkozy to Run-Off in French Presidential Race

This image shows Nicolas Sarkozy who is presid...

This image shows Nicolas Sarkozy who is president of France. The image was taken on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize in 2008 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exit polls from the French presidential elections show Socialist candidate Francois Hollande with 28.4% of the vote and President Nicolas Sarkozy with 25.5%.

A presidential candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win. If no one claims a majority, the top two vote-getters advance to a second round of voting.

Other candidates are Jean-Luc Melenchon on the extreme left with 11.7%, Marine Le Pen on the extreme right with 20%, and centrist Francois Bayrou with 8.5%.

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