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France's Next President: Nicolas Sarkozy

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency against Socialist Segolene Royal on Sunday. Read DW-WORLD.DE's dossier on what his election victory means for France.

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he addresses the media during a press conference held in Paris, Thursday Jan. 11, 2007. Presidential hopeful and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy trumpeted his crime-fighting record Thursday, hoping to convert a drop in crime into an advantage in his campaign for the presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he addresses the media during a press conference held in Paris, Thursday Jan. 11, 2007. Presidential hopeful and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy trumpeted his crime-fighting record Thursday, hoping to convert a drop in crime into an advantage in his campaign for the presidency. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

In the final round of polling on Sunday, May 6, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy claimed the French presidency with 53 percent of the vote.

His Socialist Party opponent, Segolene Royal, garnered 46 percent and had already trailed in the polls in the run-up to the election. She would have been France's first female president.

Click on the links below for more about the election, the issues facing France and what Sarkozy's win means for his country.

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