The PM has lost an ally, while the Labour leader has gained one.
Sarkozy concedes defeat as a Socialist wins the presidency for the first time since 1988.
The French Socialist must clarify his mission before the second round.
Exit polls put Socialist candidate ahead of Sarkozy as support for Le Pen surges.
A victory for the French Socialist candidate would be of historic significance.
Your guide to the candidates in today's French election.
The French president will tack right to head off the threat of Marine Le Pen.
Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy caught on microphone criticising the Israeli PM.
François Hollande secured a clear victory in France's unprecedented open socialist primaries. Now he