What sort of president might Francois Hollande be?
6 May 2012 Last updated at 22:38 BST
Socialist Francois Hollande, France's next president, is an experienced political organiser who has, nonetheless, never held national government office.
To take the party ticket in 2012, he had to prevail in a gruelling primary election which put both his political and private life to the test.
John Simpson reports from Tulle.