French President Nicolas Sarkozy has appealed directly to far right voters with pledges to get tough on immigration and security, after the National Front's record showing in a first round election made them potential kingmakers.
Mr Sarkozy told reporters outside his campaign headquarters: " National Front voters must be respected. They voiced their view. It was a vote of suffering, a crisis vote. Why insult them?"
The frontrunner in the French presidential elections Francois Hollande has slammed President Nicolas Sarkozy at a campaign rally in Quimper, western France.
Mr Hollande told supporters: "The outgoing candidate, he always succeeds in convincing himself, through others. It reassures him. He does it by himself. And yesterday, he tried to make out what was a failure, to be a success.
"He was happy. He is like that. He also thinks his term was a success. More than 73 percent of the French think the opposite. But he continues to think that he must go on."
The broadcaster France 24 have posted an analysis on their website of how the French press has reacted to the election results.
Judged by press attention, there was only one winner in France last night. Marine Le Pen was mobbed by television crews at an impromptu press conference today.
Le Pen has enormous leverage now. She is playing very hard to get over how she will advise supporters to vote in the second round.
But the Socialist party leader Francois Hollande is now the favourite to win. More embarrassingly, it has emerged that Mr Cameron has never even met Monsieur Hollande. A diplomatic faux pas, perhaps?
I am not going to seek out voters from the extreme right, I won't try to seduce them. The far right has strong support at the moment and that's the fault of Nicolas Sarkozy.
But some voters voted for the far right because they're angry (at Sarkozy). They are the voters who I want to hear from.