Sarkozy and Royal head to presidential election run-off

23rd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 23, 2007 (AFP) - Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy obtained 31.11 percent of votes in round one of France's presidential election, ahead of Socialist Segolene Royal on 25.84 percent, final interior ministry results showed Monday.

PARIS, April 23, 2007 (AFP) - Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy obtained 31.11 percent of votes in round one of France's presidential election, ahead of Socialist Segolene Royal on 25.84 percent, final interior ministry results showed Monday.

The top two contenders in Sunday's first round, the 52-year-old Sarkozy, the candidate of the governing UMP party, and Royal, who is 53, will face off in a divider on May 6.

Centrist candidate Francois Bayrou came a distant third on 18.55 percent, while the far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was fourth on 10.51 percent. None of the other candidates gained more than five percent, according to the interior ministry.

Olivier Besancenot (Trotskyite) won 4.11 percent, Communist leader Marie-George Buffet 1.94 percent, Green party candidate Dominique Voynet 1.57 percent, Arlette Laguiller (Trotskyite) 1.34 percent, anti-globalisation campaigner Jose Bove 1.32 percent and Gerard Schivardi (Trotskyite) 0.34 percent.

The Catholic nationalist Philippe de Villiers won 2.24 percent, and Frederic Nihous, candidate of the hunters' party, secured 1.15 percent.

The figures do not include the ballots of about 820,000 French voters overseas which will be published later in the day.

Turnout stood at 84.6 percent.

France is picking a successor to the 74-year-old Jacques Chirac, who has been president since 1995, in an election that has become the focus of vibrant debate about the country's future.


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