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2012 French Elections

Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy

The face of the newly-elected French President Francois Hollande appears on a giant screen to announce the winner of the 2012 French presidential elections as Socialist supporters react at La Bastille square in Paris May 6, 2012. France voted in elections on Sunday and Francois Hollande becomes the nation's first Socialist president  in 17 years, early estimations said.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol  (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR31P7B

PARIS - Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe and promised to start a pushback against German-led austerity policies.  Full Article 

As it happened: French election night

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France's newly-elected President Francois Hollande holds a red roses bouquet as he celebrates on stage after results in the second round vote of the 2012 French presidential elections in Tulle May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

For "Mr. Normal" it's bye-bye bling bling

PARIS - The man who wants to be France's "Mr Normal" president, has stopped going to work by scooter but tells voters he will still take the train and do the family shopping once elected - at least "if the fridge is empty".  Profile 

Nicolas Sarkozy, France's incumbent president, reacts after his defeat for re-election in the second round vote of the 2012 French presidential elections as he appears on stage before UMP party supporters at the Mutualite meeting hall in Paris May 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

Sarkozy's sparkle faded in re-election bid

PARIS - Nicolas Sarkozy's vigor at the podium, his man-of-the-people way of speaking and his impassioned promises of a break with a stagnant past in France swept him to the presidency in 2007.  Profile