A few minutes to go to the official first results in the first round…
Unofficially, Ipsos puts SÃ©golÃ©ne Royal on 26.5 per cent, Nicolas Sarkozy 27.5 per cent, Jean-Marie Le Pen 17 per cent, and FranÃ§ois Bayrou on 16 per cent, with OIivier Besancenot doing best out of the broom wagon candidates. CSA, which has been consistently more favourable to the Socialists, puts SÃ©go and Sarko level pegging on 26 per cent, and the same results for the others.
However, these figures are being constantly updated at the moment (see Le Temps de GÃ©nÃ©ve). They currently put it this way:
- Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP): 29,4 %
- SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal (PS): 26,2 %
- FranÃ§ois Bayrou (UDF): 18,6 %
- Jean-Marie Le Pen (FN) : 10,8 %
There are also going to be exit polls soon enough. Everyone is clear on one thing, that turnout has been enormous: according to Radio France-Inter, the official figure is 85 per cent, although the unofficial data is going even higher.
First official results (updated at 40% count)
- Sarkozy – 30.5 per cent
- Royal – 25.2
- Bayrou – 18.3
- Le Pen – 11.3
- Besancenot – 4.6
- De Villiers – 2.4
- Buffet – 2
- Laguillier – 1.5
- Voynet – 1.5
- Nihous – 1.2
- BovÃ© – 1
- Schivardi – 0.3
Crash for the far right…and not great for the Communists.
Update by Tobias – Sarkozy gave a conciliatory – or “presidential” – speech at his campaign headquarters, complimenting Mme Royal, thanking the French voters for a result that would allow the choice between, as he put it, two alternative sets of policies. He called for a dignified second leg of the campaign and hoped that it would amount to a true competition of ideas.
Update by Alex – Marie-Georges Buffet says all good communists must come to the aid of the party..the Socialist party. Pity there’s only 2 per cent of them.
Update by Alex – Arlette Laguillier says – for the first time since 1981 and the last time in her career – that her supporters should vote Socialist. De Villiers now ranting about “EuropÃ©eisme(sic)” being a dead ideology responsible for abortion and euthanasia. Vote Sarko, he finally gets around to saying. Voynet goes Socialist, too, with the mighty weight of her 1.5 per cent. But what will Bayrou do?
Update by Alex – Olivier Besancenot calls on supporters to support the Socialists “at the ballot box and in the streets”. That should be enough to fill the gap… Also, DSK has been out calling for people who didn’t get their preferred candidate but want “renewal” to vote PS. Dominique de Villepin, meanwhile, congratulates Sarko through gritted teeth.
Update by Alex – Bayrou about to speak..whingeing about the pollsters..still blathering..and eventually says nothing..
Update by Alex – Le Pen says his supporters should abstain “for the moment” (eh?) but he will give further advice on the 1st of May. “Le Front National n’est pas a vendre!” But who would buy it?
RFI reports that 20 dÃ©partements have completed counting, but the Ile-de-France (the populous metropolitan area around Paris) is still counting, with the large suburban dÃ©partements like Seine-Saint Denis and Val-de-Marne still to come.
Update by Alex – CorrÃ©ze, Chirac’s home turf, goes socialist by a distance, while the Communists crash badly in their old stronghold of AriÃ©ge.