Hollande 'Beats Sarkozy' As Far-Right Surges bit.ly/I2noHJ—
Sky News (@SkyNews) April 22, 2012
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will continue to the second round of France’s presidential election, but he is projected to receive less votes than challenger Francois Hollande. Most intriguing was the fact that the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, exceeded expectations. This is more evidence that nations around the world are turning right in the face of economic hardship.
From Sky News:
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen was projected to have taken 17% – 20% of the vote, giving her third place in the first round of the election.
Media reports termed Ms Le Pen’s surge in numbers “surprising”. Her strong showing throws the presidential race wide open, making her the kingmaker as her supporters could determine the runoff between Mr Sarkozy and Mr Hollande.
The big story of the French election is not Hollande, not Sarkozy in second, but the surge of the far right: Le Pen with 20 pct!—
Chris Adams (@ChrisAdamsMKTS) April 22, 2012
Exit polls suggest that Le Pen has won the highest-ever vote for a National Front candidate.—
George Eaton (@georgeeaton) April 22, 2012
Le Monde says Marine Le Pen of the Front National got 20% of the vote in first round of the French presidential election.—
Tim Lusher (@timlusher) April 22, 2012