Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande emerged the frontrunner in the first round of presidential voting in France, with nearly compete results giving him more than 28 percent of the vote compared to 27 percent for conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. The two men face a runoff vote on May 6.
There were no major surprises in the first round of the presidential election in France. Polls have consistently placed President Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger, Mr. Hollande, as the top vote-getters.
In a speech after the initial results were announced, Mr. Hollande said his win reflected the failed policy of France's conservative president.
Mr. Hollande said he was now a candidate of union, who wanted to assemble voters supporting a hodgepodge of leftist parties during the first round.
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