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A spokesman for the German Government has said that Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to support Nicolas Sarkozy in French elections - but that she has no plans to campaign for him in France.
National Front Vice-President Louis Alliot said Marine Le Pen - who led her party to 18% of the vote in the French election - is "unlikely" to endorse either Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande in the run-off.
He said: "Based on the ideas in our programme, neither one defends or develops them, so it seems unlikely".
The Interior Ministry said 99% of votes have been counted.
- Le Parisien say Francois Hollande should be "confident but cautious". They say the result leaves him in a strong position but with the National Front vote so high he should not "rejoice too soon".
- Le Figaro say Marine Le Pen's "spectacular success" in the French election has taken her party - the National Front - to "a new level". They say her votes will be crucial in the run-off between Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande.
- Le Monde say Socialist candidate Francois Hollande achieved his goal of finishing top in the first round of the election and should be considered the favourite to become France's president.