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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. James Mates

Le Pen 'has enormous leverage' in French election run-off

Judged by press attention, there was only one winner in France last night. Marine Le Pen was mobbed by television crews at an impromptu press conference today.

Marine Le Pen Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Le Pen has enormous leverage now. She is playing very hard to get over how she will advise supporters to vote in the second round.

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