France 2012 Presidential Election

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15th May 2012 Francois Hollande was elected as the 24th President of the French Republic.

24th President of France Francois Hollande caricatureIn the first round on the 22nd April 2012 there were 10 candidates, voting was as follows:

Candidates Votes %
Eva JOLY  828,345 2.31
Marine LE PEN  6,421,426 17.90
Nicolas SARKOZY  9,753,629 27.18
Jean-Luc MELENCHON  3,984,822 11.10
Philippe POUTOU  411,160 1.15
Nathalie ARTHAUD  202,548 0.56
Jacques CHEMINADE  89,545 0.25
Francois BAYROU  3,275,122 9.13
Nicolas DUPONT-AIGNAN  643,907 1.79
Francois HOLLANDE  10,272,705 28.63

Under the French constitution if no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election takes place between the top two candidates.

In the second round on the 6th May 2012 there were two candidates, voting was as follows:

Candidates Votes %
Francois HOLLANDE  18,000,668 51.64
Nicolas SARKOZY  16,860,685 48.36

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