The 1st round of the french election was a show of the protest vote. Centre-left Hollande narrowly beat the conservative
Sarkozy in Sunday's 10-candidate first round by 28.6% vs 27.1%, with 99% of votes counted.
She wants France to abandon the euro currency
Le Pen, the far right candidate daughter of former paratrooper and National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen stole the show by surging to 18.0%, the strongest result for a far-right candidate.
First Round Totals
- Hollande: 28.6%
- Sarkozy: 27.1%
- Le Pen: 18%
"The battle of France has only just begun," She said: "We are now the only real opposition."