Hollande enjoys upper hand in French elections | Associated Press

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2012-04-23T08:42:08-04:00
"The big shock of Sunday's vote: Nearly one in five voters chose far-right candidate Le Pen, handing her a solid third place and a chance to weigh in on French politics with her anti-immigration platform that targets France's millions of Muslims. ... Le Pen was in third with 17.9 percent, the best showing ever by the far right National Front party founded by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen. In fourth place was leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon with 11.1 percent, followed by centrist Francois Bayrou with 9.1 percent and five other candidates with minimal support. ... The race is on now to sway Le Pen's voters for the decisive second round. Le Pen herself told AP last week that she was not going to give instructions to her voters. ... The Socialist camp — not a natural ally for Le Pen supporters — reached out to her voters after Sunday's result."
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