As it happened: Presidential election in France

Key points

  • Francois Hollande has beaten Nicolas Sarkozy by three and a half points, with 99% of the vote counted.
  • Conceding his rival's victory, Mr Sarkozy wished him luck in a phone call.
  • France has not had a Socialist president for 17 years, since the late Francois Mitterrand.
  • The eurozone was a key issue: Mr Hollande insists on adding growth measures to the fiscal pact negotiated by Mr Sarkozy.
  • The far right won nearly a fifth of the vote in the first round and has its eyes on parliamentary elections next month.
  • All times in BST (GMT -1 hour; mainland French time +1 hour)

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  • Patrick Jackson 

Last updated 7 May 2012

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