It’s Sarkozy v. Royal in the final

The polls turned out to be pretty accurate after all: With most votes counted in Sunday's first round, Mr Sarkozy had nearly 31%, with Ms Royal, bidding to be France's first woman president, on 25%. Centrist Francois Bayrou got 18%, and far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen almost 11%. Voting throughout the day reached record numbers, with ...

The polls turned out to be pretty accurate after all:

The polls turned out to be pretty accurate after all:

With most votes counted in Sunday's first round, Mr Sarkozy had nearly 31%, with Ms Royal, bidding to be France's first woman president, on 25%.

Centrist Francois Bayrou got 18%, and far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen almost 11%.

Voting throughout the day reached record numbers, with turnout put at 85% – the highest for nearly 50 years.

So what happens next? Sarkozy faces Royal for a left-right showdown on May 6. Do the French want the eat-your-spinach approach of Sarkozy, or more social spending, as Royal is promising? We'll find out soon enough—but my bet is on Sarkozy.

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