TF1, the French television station, has a page reflecting on the 'calm after the victory' of President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy. There's also a link from that page to a flash map which gives detailed information about the percentages for each of the two 2nd round candidates in every French département. Final results overall are given as:
- Nicolas Sarkozy: 53.06 per cent
- Segolène Royal: 46.94 per cent
Turnout was a remarkable 83.96 per cent.
Of the two candidates available I think the better person won; France did not need another socialist in charge of its destiny. Now we will find out whether Sarkozy will prove as divisive as his opponents claim or whether his post-election pledge to be 'the President of all the French' will be borne out in practice. In any case I wish the new President and France good fortune in the coming weeks and months.
Nicolas Sarkozy takes office formally on 16th May - a week on Wednesday, in other words.