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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sarkozy defeats Royal, 53% to 47%; largest voter turnout in French history

Our congratulations to Nocholas Sarkozy for his historic victory:

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won France's presidential election on Sunday, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin and extending the right's 12-year grip on power.
Within minutes of polls closing, Royal conceded defeat in a speech to party faithful in the heart of Paris.

"I hope that the next president of the republic fulfils his role in the service of all French people," she said.

Forecasts by four pollsters showed Sarkozy, 52, a hard-line former interior minister, won around 53 percent of the vote in the second-round ballot and will succeed fellow conservative Jacques Chirac, who was president for 12 years.

Turnout was predicted at about 85 percent.

Sarkozy's face flashed up on television screens after polling stations closed at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT), signaling his victory and setting off jubilant scenes among supporters gathered in central Paris.

And what about those turnout numbers? Over 75% percent, which is historic in and of iteself:

Turnout in the French presidential election on Sunday reached nearly 35 percent by midday, the highest morning turnout for more than three decades, officials said.

Voters were choosing a successor to Jacques Chirac, with rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy the clear favourite to triumph over Socialist Segolene Royal.

By noon, 34.11 percent of France's 44.5 million registered voters had turned up at the polls, up from 31.21 percent in the April 22 first round and from 26.2 percent in the 2002 election, said the interior ministry.

It was the highest turnout registered at midday for the past four elections (2002, 1995, 1988 and 1981), with only the 1974 election that was won by Valery Giscard d'Estaing registering a higher participation rate at 35.62 percent at noon.

Overall turnout for the multi-candidate first round of voting on April 22 reached 83.77 percent, the highest since the 1974 election when 84.2 percent of voters cast ballots.

Sarkozy has said that newxt week he'll begin the campaign to ensure the victory stays secure by working towards the allies he needs in the parliament to implement his plan, including an economic plan that had many in France happy to hear of an end to Chirac's bumbling antics. He's expected to take office on the 16th or 17th of this month. It's anticipated that Sarkozy will name Francois Fillon to be France's new prime minister.

Today is a good day for France, and one that will hopefully begin new steps to repairing the damage Chirac placed on US/French relations.

Publius II


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