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Monday, 22 April, 2002, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
In pictures: France's shock
French pundits and voters alike had been resigning themselves to a re-run of the 1995 presidential election, with a straight choice between Jacques Chirac on the right and Lionel Jospin on the left.

But Jean-Marie Le Pen rocked the nation by overtaking Mr Jospin for the far right.

Demonstrators in Paris hold banner reading
Outrage at Mr Le Pen's success has been palpable at rallies across the country

Jean-Marie Le Pen addresses supporters after Sunday's vote
Mr Le Pen received a rousing welcome when he came out to address his supporters

National Front supporters are elated
He told them to go home in hope to wait for 5 May - the day of the run-off

Prime Minister Jospin gave a short sombre speech
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said he was leaving politics after being edged out

Even Mr Chirac's supporters look shocked at the outcome
Following the shock result, voters were urged by Mr Chirac to rally behind democratic values

An anti-Le Pen protest in Strasbourg attracted hundreds of people
For some, Mr Le Pen's success was too much - they say they are ashamed to be French

Thousands of people gather on the Bastille square in Paris protesting against extreme-rightist Jean-Marie Le Pen
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several places in France
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