Nicolas Sarkozy elected French President

With a reported turnout of 85% to match the first round vote, and with three-quarters of the votes counted putting support for Sarkozy at 53%, the socialist candidate Segolene Royal conceded defeat. Whether the televised debate, or her comments on Sarkozy – She said she had a “responsibility to sound the alarm about the risks of this candidacy and the violence and brutality that will be spawned in the country.” – influenced the result isn’t clear, but the polls gave him a lead ahead of today’s second round vote. The Guardian claims that his first 100 days in office are already mapped out.. after a three-day retreat to, perhaps, a monastry.. hmm.. the BBC profile and expectations of what happens next is here. There have been reports of some skirmishes at the Bastille..

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