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The 2012 French presidential election was a presidential election in France that took place on 22 April 2012 and 5–6 May 2012. The incumbent president, Nicolas Sarkozy, ran for a second term.

The main candidates were Nicolas Sarkozy from the Union for a Popular Movement, François Hollande from the Socialist Party, Marine Le Pen from the National Front, Jean-Luc Mélenchon from the Left Front, François Bayrou from the Democratic Movement, Eva Joly from The Greens, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan from Debout la France, Philippe Poutou from the New Anticapitalist Party, Nathalie Arthaud from Lutte Ouvrière and Jacques Cheminade from Solidarity and Progress.

On 22 April 2012, François Hollande won 29% of the vote with Nicolas Sarkozy winning 27%. Both candidates advanced to the second round of the election, which Hollande later won with 52% of the vote.


2012 French presidential election - First round - Majority vote (Metropolitan France, communes)
Results by commune for the 1st round of French presidential elections, 2012.     François Hollande     Nicolas Sarkozy     Marine Le Pen     Jean-Luc Mélenchon     François Bayrou     Eva Joly     Nicolas Dupont-Aignan     Tie
2012 French presidential election - Second round - Majority vote (Metropolitan France, communes)
Results by commune for the 2nd round of French presidential elections, 2012.      François Hollande     Nicolas Sarkozy
First round
22 April 2012
Second round
6 May 2012
Candidate Votes % Votes %
François Hollande 10,272,705 28.63% 18,000,668 51.64%
Nicolas Sarkozy 9,753,629 27.18% 16,860,685 48.36%
Marine Le Pen 6,421,426 17.90%
Jean-Luc Mélenchon 3,984,822 11.10%
François Bayrou 3,275,122 9.13%
Eva Joly 828,345 2.31%
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan 643,907 1.79%
Philippe Poutou 411,160 1.15%
Nathalie Arthaud 202,548 0.56%
Jacques Cheminade 89,545 0.25%
Total votes 35,883,209 100% 34,861,353 100%

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