Latest update: 25/04/2012
National Front: the far-right's surprise surge
She didn't make it through to the second round, but the far-right's Marine Le Pen has emerged as the French poll's surprise winner. François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy now have two weeks to seduce those voters who didn't choose them in the first round.
Meanwhile, Twitter gets creative as users circumvent the ban on announcing early election results.