With all votes counted on Monday, Socialist candidate François Hollande came in first with 28.63% support, beating Nicolas Sarkozy by just over a percentage point (27.18%), while National Front candidate Marine Le Pen posted the best result ever for a far
(CNN) Paris - French Trade and Tourism Minister Frederic Lefebvre, a Sarkozy supporter, told CNN on Sunday, "Now, we have to listen to the expectations of the far right."
Sarkozy has been a key figure on the European and international stages since becoming president in 2007.
France has played key roles in international hot-spots in places like Libya and Syria, not to mention during the pan-European debt crisis, but the domestic economy has been a prime focus of the election. France is struggling in the face of sluggish economic growth and a 10% unemployment rate.