The World from Berlin Le Pen's Result 'Is a Blemish on French Democracy'

Socialist challenger François Hollande may have got the biggest share of the vote in the first round of the French presidential election, but the real winner seems to be right-wing populist Marine Le Pen. German commentators argue that incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy only has himself to blame for his poor showing.
A newspaper seller holds copies of Le Figaro on Sunday evening in Paris.

A newspaper seller holds copies of Le Figaro on Sunday evening in Paris.

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Photo Gallery: Hollande Wins First Round
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Photo Gallery: Hollande Wins First Round

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