French left celebrates an historic night

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In over thirty years in politics he has never served as a minister, now Francois Hollande holds the highest office in the land.

The new President of France, the first left-wing leader in 17 years had already spoken to his supporters in the town of Tulle in his constituency before taking the stage at the Place de Bastille in Paris.

Pride, equality, justice, the hope of a future for the younger generation were the thoughts and words which resonated across France.

In his speech in Paris he thanked his supporters and talked of the victory sending a message to other European countries that austerity was not the only way was unprecedented on a night of firsts.

Never before had a new president shunned Paris for the provinces to accept the mandate from the voters. It was the first time in the modern era a sitting president was not re-elected.

In the symbolic setting of the Place de Bastille where the prison had been stormed during the revolution people looked to the future with a glance to the past.

“It is the end of an extremely difficult five years for all the workers for everyone, people who have retired and others this is the end, the end of it all,” said one supporter.

And from beyond the party atmosphere for the man untested on the European and world stage came some words of encouragement. A phone call from President Obama in which the White House said their president had indicated he looked forward to working with Francois Hollande on a range of shared economic and security challenges.