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Francois Hollande's victory speech

6 May 2012 Last updated at 21:23 BST

French socialist Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election.

Mr Hollande - who got an estimated 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off - said the French had chosen "change".

Mr Hollande - the first socialist to win the French presidency since Francois Mitterrand in the 1980s - gave his victory speech in his stronghold of Tulle in central France.