Hollande V Sarkozy concludes today
The French Presidential election concludes today with a nail biter between the Socialist Party candidate François Hollande and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) candidate Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sarkozy, the incumbent president looks set to lose the election. In the first round of voting on 22nd April Hollande took 28.63% of the vote whilst Sarkozy took 27.18%. In the latest opinion polls Sarkozy has been narrowing the gap but a mediocre performance in a TV debate on Wednesday may have sealed his fate. Sarkozy stands on 48% and Hollande on 52% so it is close enough for opinion polls to have made a mistake or for Sarkozy to have achieved a last minute surge.
Against the possibility of a Sarkozy win has been support from Hollande from the left wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front (FDG) who took 11.13% in the first round. The centrist François Bayrou of the Democratic Movement (MoDem) who took 9.1% in the first round has also said that he will support Hollande. The right wing Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) has said that she will abstain and has refused to endorse either candidate; she took 17.9% of the vote in the first round.
Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with results likely to be announced later tonight.