France holds first round of presidential election

April 22, 2012, midnight

French President Nicolas SARKOZY will face Socialist challenger François HOLLANDE after the two candidates moved on from the first round of presidential elections on Sunday. Holland finished in first place with approximately 28 percent of the vote while SARKOZY finished in second with 27 percent. This was the first election in France’s modern history where the incumbent did not finish in first place during the first round.

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