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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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  1. Libby Wiener

David Cameron's diplomatic faux pas?

The Prime Minister may find he has to eat the French equivalent humble pie in a couple of weeks time after the final round of voting in the French Presidential election.

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Back in February, he controversially backed the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, telling the newspaper Le Figaro: "Nicolas Sarkozy has my support. I say it clearly".

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?

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