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France election: Nicholas Sarkozy seeks far right votes

23 April 2012 Last updated at 22:30 BST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.

Francois Hollande came top with 28.6% and Mr Sarkozy got 27.1% - the first time a sitting president has lost in the first round. Third-place Marine Le Pen took the largest share of the vote her far-right National Front has ever won, with 18%.

The increased political volatility has unsettled the European financial markets.

The BBC's Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt reports.