French Presidential Elections Head to a Run-off
French Socialist Francois Hollande has won most votes in the first round of the country’s presidential election, estimates show.
They suggest he got more than 28% of votes against about 26% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
The two men will face each other in a second round on 6 May.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen came third with about 19% of the vote, ahead of seven other candidates.
I would quibble with the BBC’s headline, as while in the numbers reported Hollande has the most votes, the only way to “win” the first round is to get 50%+1 of the vote. As it stands all the matters is who the the top two vote-getters are. Third place and onward are the losers, in the sense that they are done after today.
Turnout was over 80% according to the piece (how un-American of them!).