France’s socialists celebrated the moment they realised their man had put an end to the right-wing’s hold on the presidency.
Supporters of Francois Hollande streamed into central Paris to mark his victory. Although after the first round the socialist camp had appeared confident, no one had taken things for granted.
Socialist MEP Harelm Desir told our reporter that the party was very happy after being in opposition for so many years and after such a difficult campaign. He was pleased they had managed to muster a majority of the French people despite people trying to put voters against them. He said: “Francois Hollande personifies the country’s hope for economic recovery, social justice and the values of the republic.”
Other supporters agreed and said the future boded well for the country.
When asked what could people expect from Francois Hollande, some said they could expect him to keep his promises and give people a real sense of hope.
Hollande supporters prepared to celebrate long into the night. Our reporter Olivier Peguy who was among them said: “The socialists are savouring the victory of their candidate, and are not yet thinking about the challenges facing the president in years and months to come. For now they are enjoying the moment but the first challenge is just around the corner that of parliamentary elections, in which the Left will hope to ride their wave of success.”