The first round of the French presidential election produced a clear winner. And it wasn’t the man who came first.
Uncertainty in Holland and France has rocked the DOW Jones and the FTSE
One can argue about the value of polls, but there is no doubt they give us some interesting insights into the political story of the moment
The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has addressed a rally in Paris. She told her voters to make their own choice in the May 6th presidential election runoff. The two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - have been competing for the votes of her supporters.
Nicolas Sarkozy has held his final campaign rally ahead of France's presidential elections.
The country goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of voting.
The president received strong support from the crowd in Nice, as he battles to stay in his job.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has made an impassioned plea for five more years at a final rally before the first round of voting.
A huge hall in Nice is packed with 10,000 supporters awaiting Sarkozy's arrival. Bad poll numbers haven't dampened enthusiasm.
Mme Sarkozy is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail with her husband. There are huge shouts of 'Carla, Carla.'
Francois Hollande is to be inaugurated as the new President of France following his second round election victory over Nicolas Sarkozy today.
Hollande will become France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades.
Asian stock markets were pummelled Monday by weekend election results in Greece and France that heightened uncertainty about Europe's ability to solve its debt crisis.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index plunged 2.6% to 9,134.26
Supporters of the French presidential candidate Francois Hollande gathered at a rally in Toulouse in southern France today.
The Socialist party leader is ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy in opinion polls by six to 10 points. Both leaders are battling for votes ahead of Sunday's decisive runoff election.
Supporters of Marine Le Pen's National front party are rallying in the streets of Paris.
The far-right party picked up 18% of votes in the first round of France's general election.
Whilst not enough to give Le Pen a serious chance of the winning the election, it has bestowed "kingmaker" status on her as the two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - vie for the votes of her supporters.
Le Pen has promised to pass judgement on the second round of the election at her traditional May Day rally at the statue of Joan of Arc in Paris later today.
She is expected to call on supporters to abstain from voting rather than endorsing either of her political rivals.
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?"