France Elections Live Blog
France Elections - May 6, 2012 - 18:19
First projections have Hollande as a winner of the French presidential elections with 51.9 per cent of the vote.
The AP news agency reports that Sarkozy is taking the defeat with a stiff upper lip:
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy urged his right-wing UMP party to remain united after his re-election bid was defeated on Sunday, but warned he would not lead it into June's parliamentary elections.
'Stay together. We must win the battle of the legislatives. I will not lead that campaign,' he told senior party figures as he read them a draft of his concession speech, according to political sources at the meeting.