French presidential election

Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a run-off in the race for France's presidency, according to partial official results after a first round of voting.

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National Front Vice-President: Le Pen 'unlikely' to endorse either candidate

The National Front's President Marine Le Pen is unlikely to endorse a candidate for the run-off Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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".

French press reacts to election results

  • 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.
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