Thursday 22 February 2018

John Bruton: What the breakdown of the French election tells us about where Hollande will want to take Europe

Francois Hollande
Francois Hollande

THE result of the French Presidential election was no great surprise in a way. In fact, when one considers that most of his first round competitors had endorsed Hollande, outgoing President Sarkozy did well to get 48pc, as against the mere 27pc he had got in the first round.

The Centrist Bayrou, and the Left Front candidate Melenchon, had both explicitly endorsed Hollande, and the National Front candidate Marine le Pen, most of whose supporters were otherwise trending in Sarkozy’s favour, said she was going to vote for nobody .

The breakdown of the vote is interesting .

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