French socialist Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country’s presidential election. Nicholas Sarkozy has called on the French to respect his newly elected rival.
Mr Hollande – who got an estimated 52% of votes in Sunday’s run-off – said the French had chosen “change”. Admitting defeat, centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy wished “good luck” to Mr Hollande.
Analysts say the vote has wide implications for the whole eurozone. Mr Hollande has vowed to rework a deal on government debt in member countries. Shortly after polls closed at 20:00 (18:00 GMT), French media published projections based on partial results giving Mr Hollande a lead of almost four points. Nicolas Sarkozy says Francois Hollande must be respected as the new president
Turnout was about 80%. (
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