French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni cast their votes in Paris in the first round of France's presidential election today.
But as jobless claims hit a 12 year high in the country, economic despair looks likely to make Sarkozy the first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.
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