PARIS, April 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The results of the first round of the presidential elections in France on Sunday proved all pessimistic forecasts untrue, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for the second term of presidency, stated. According to specified reports, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande gained 29.2% of votes. Despite the estimates of experts, the incumbent president is just slightly behind his main rival with 27% of votes.
“The today’s results proved all forecasts untrue,” Sarkozy said. Despite the Socialist candidate, who based his election campaign on the slogan “Changes Right Now!” the incumbent president believes, “The main task is to preserve the current lifestyle of Frenchmen.”
Sarkozy offered to his rival to have three rounds of televised debates ahead of the final second round of the presidential elections due on May 6. “The televised debates will be devoted to the social and economic policy, the situation in the society and international affairs,” he elaborated.
Hollande immediately responded to Sarkozy that he refuses from thematic debates and is ready to hold only one televised discussion with Sarkozy.
The observers reported a record result of the National Front in the first round, as, according to specified reports, Marine Le Pen gained 17.3% of votes that points to a higher share of the rightist electorate in France. “The common forces of the rightists were not so numerous before,” a representative of the ruling party Union for a Popular Movement Guillaume Peltier believes.