1. French Election

    Sarkozy Concedes to Hollande

    France's socialist president of the Correze department general council and Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French Presidential election Francois Hollande (C) and her companion Valerie Trierweiler leave the polling station after voting for the second round of the election on May 6, 2012 in Tulle, southwestern France.     AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/GettyImages)

    Philippe Desmazes, AFP / Getty Images

    French Socialist Party candidate François Hollande swept Nicolas Sarkozy from office Sunday in an election that many have said could change the political face of France and Europe. Accoring to the French exit-poll numbers, Hollande won with 52 percent of the vote to Sarkozy’s 48 percent. Polls had shown for months that Hollande had a healthy lead on the incumbent, but Sarkozy, who has been called the least-popular French president to ever try for a second term, remained defiant to the end. Crowds gathered at the Socialist Party headqurters in Paris as results came in. Sarkozy conceded defeat as the day moved on, saying, "I carry the entire responsibility for this defeat ... I'm not a man who does not accept his responsibilities," He added, "I'm ready to become a French person amongst French people."

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