The 2012 French presidential election, the tenth presidential election of the Fifth Republic has delivered its verdict on May 6, 2012. Socialist candidate Francois Hollande collected 51.90% of the votes against 48.10% for incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in this second round of voting. The presidential election will be followed by parliamentary elections on June 10 and 17.
Awaiting the Results
Nicolas Sarkozy's supporters in Paris gathered at La Mutualité before moving to the Place de la Concorde (a last minute change had canceled the appointment at Place de la Concorde). Here is a picture of the room at La Mutualité at 7 pm:
Supporters of Francois Hollande gathered at Solferino Street before joining at the Bastille in case of a victory.
The city of Tulle where Francois Hollande used to be the mayor, waited anxiously for the results:
Announcing the Results
An embargo in France on sharing results until 8pm led internet users to use several tricks to discuss the forecasts published by foreign media. On Twitter, those using the hashtag #radiolondres, were unrivaled in ingenuity.
Joy and Sorrow
After the announcement of results, many activists celebrated:
The disappointment was visible in the camp of outgoing President:
In front of La Mutualité, the mood was grim at the announcement of results: