Congrats to Nick. 85% voter turn out, that’s great. Would have been nice to see a greater margin of victory… something that would demonstrate a really strong mandate, but there it is. [quote=“BBC”]Conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has won the hotly-contested French presidential election.
The final count gave Mr Sarkozy 53.06%, compared with 46.94% for socialist Segolene Royal, with turnout at 85%.
Mr Sarkozy’s supporters have gathered for an open-air concert in the Place de la Concorde, which is expected to continue until the early hours.
In his victory speech, Mr Sarkozy said he would be the president of all the French.
“France has given me everything, and now it is my turn to give back to France what France has given me,” he said.
He said the US could count on France’s friendship, but urged Washington to take a lead in the fight against climate change.
He also said he believed deeply in European integration, but appealed to France’s partners to understand the importance of social protection.
“[Voters] have chosen to break with the habits and the ideals of the past so I will rehabilitate work, authority, morality, respect, merit!” he said.[/quote]