The first round took place last Sunday, with the following results:
1. F Hollande, Socialist party - 28.6%
2. N Sarkozy, UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire - Union for a Popular Movement), traditional right, incumbent - 27.2%
3. M le Pen, National Front, extreme right - 17.9%
4. JL Melenchon, Leftist Front, extreme left - 11.1%
5. F Bayrou, Democrat Movement, centrist - 9.1%
6. Five other candidates
. For the first time, the incumbent does not come in the first place in the 1st round of a presidential election,
. The core issue is the level of the extreme right at almost 28%
. The other issue is that when you add Le Pen and Melenchon, and a couple smaller ones, you're over 30%, showing that a third of the voters support positions that are totally economically unrealistic, and extremely anti-European.
This does not demonstrate we have too much socialism, but too little education. History is not properly taught, and citizens, especially the younger ones, do not understand the risks associated with the ascension of fascism. Also Economy is not properly taught as a third of the population does not want to understand the fundamentals of economics.
A not too bad article in English is herehttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/sarkozy-hollande-fight-for-right-vote/story-e6frg6so-1226337897189