François Hollande has won the French Presidential election with 51.9 % of the vote according to French exit polls. Nicholas Sarkozy has obtained 48.1 % of the vote according to these exit polls. It is an historic victory for the Socialist party and the progressive centre of French politics and will have a major impact upon European politics and policy, coupled with the apparent defeat of pro-austerity parties in Greece.
In Greece according to preliminary results Pasok, the Greek socialist party that negotiated the austerity conditions has received 17-19% of the vote, New Democracy its conservative partner has received about 20 % while the Coalition of the Left opposed to austerity has received 17-20 %. The extreme rightist party Golden Dawn has received 7-8 % according to exit polls and will hold seats in Parliament. It will take time to forge a coalition government with the participation of some of the other small parties elected to Parliament.
(More recent results show that New Democracy got 19.2 %; Coalition of the Left 16.6%;Pasok 13.39 %; Independent Greeks 10.54 %;KKE- a communist party 8.41 %; ;Golden Dawn 6.92 %; Dimar a social democratic party 6.07 %.)
Nicholas Sarkozy has delivered an eloquent concession speech in which he professed his love of France, his respect for the traditions of French Democracy and his best wishes to François Hollande in these difficult times.
The latest Minister of the Interior Official results with 71 % of the vote counted shows Sarkozy with 48.9 % and François Hollande with 51.1 % of the vote. (at 3:20 Montréal time.) Latest official results 99% of vote counted François Hollande 51.7% Nicholas Sarkozy 48.3 %.
François Hollande for his part speaking in his political home of Tulle celebrated his victory with a generous and passionate speech that stressed his devotion to serving the Republic, his desire to unify France,his commitment to ending the emphasis upon extreme austerity, his gratitude to the centrists and humanists who supported him (although he still promises to reduce the debt by 2015 we shall see how he goes about trying to accomplish this. There is only one way that will work and that is through economic growth and lower unemployment.) his commitment to lowering unemployment and creating jobs for young people and his expression of solidarity with his fellow Europeans in their hour of need in the face of the economic crisis. He also thanked M.Sarkozy for his service and promised to be a President for all of France.
Félicitations Président Hollande et bonne chance !