According to reported early estimates
Socialist Francois Hollande has been elected as France’s new president, early estimates say.
He got about 52% of votes in Sunday’s run-off, according to projections based on partial results, against 48% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Guardian’s live-blog will have further updates.
Exit polls in the Greek parliamentary election suggest the two main parties have suffered dramatic losses.
The latest polls put centre-right New Democracy in the lead with 19-20.5% of the vote, down from 33.5% in 2009.
Centre-left Pasok is put in third place with 13-14%, down from 43.9%. Syriza, a left-wing coalition, is put ahead of it in second place with 15.5-17%.
Othan Anastasakis, director of south-east European studies at Oxford University, said it would be “incredible” if no party won more than 20% of the vote.
“This is really unprecedented, he said.
“The whole landscape becomes even more unpredictable after the election. We don’t know if there will be a coalition or how long it will survive. I don’t see it surviving very long.
“Greeks are sending a very strong message abroad, which is ‘enough with austerity’.”
Topic: Economy, Government, Politics, Society and Culture
Region: EU, Global
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