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French election: live updates and results

Nicolas Sarkozy is the most unpopular French president ever to run for re-election while François Hollande is hoping for the Socialist's first presidential win since 1988. Polls close in major cities at 8pm CEST (7pm BST/2pm EDT) with early counts soon after7.12pm CEST: For those who are wondering why we are adhering to French electoral rules (such as PortalooMassacre and Benulek)which prohibit publication of exit polls before the close of the polls at 8pm, the Guardian has received legal advice which states:The authorities have threatened to prosecute anyone who publishes...

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Published By: Guardian World - 4 days ago