French Socialist Francois Hollande
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France votes: Socialist Francois Hollande 'on top'

French Socialist Francois Hollande has won most votes in the first round of the country's presidential election, early estimates show.

He got about 28.6% of votes, according to projections based on partial results, against about 27% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

The two men will face each other in a second-round run-off on 6 May.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 22 Apr 2012
  • From the section Europe