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Nicolas Sarkozy bids farewell to Jacques Chirac - 16 May 07
French President Nicolas Sarkozy urges new initiatives and tolerance as he takes over from Jacques Chirac.

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Segolene Royal's defeat may mark the emergence of a new leader of the left, the BBC's Oana Lungescu says.
World leaders congratulated France's president-elect, Nicolas Sarkozy, on his victory in Sunday's vote.

ELECTION BASICS
Nicolas Sarkozy won 6 May poll run-off
Polled 53% against 47% for Socialist Segolene Royal
Turnout was 85%, highest since 1981
Top election issues were jobs, cost of living and identity


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