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Le Pen casts a shadow over the second round

It's Marine Le Pen's shock score of nearly 20% in the first round that makes headlines today - how far right is Nicolas Sarkozy willing to go to win over those voters?


Le Monde calls the vote a referendum on the outgoing president, which Sarkozy has lost - saying a lot of Le Pen's voters are disappointed one-time Sarkozy supporters.

L'Humanité blames the president for Le Pen's high score - saying his right-wing drive simply pushed voters towards the original version.

Le Figaro says there's still hope Sarkozy can win if her voters pick him - but La Croix points out the electoral mathematics really isn't that simple.

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