Nicolas Sarkozy en Hollande Ousts Sarkozy in French Vote Transcript <p>GUY RAZ, HOST: <p>It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.<p>In France, the voters have spoken: a new president elected today and his name is Francois Hollande.<p>PRESIDENT-ELECT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: (Foreign language spoken)<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)<p>RAZ: Hollande defeated the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy. It's only the second time since World War II that French voters have elected a socialist to the Elysee Palace. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley is in the streets of Paris where crowds have gathered. Sun, 06 May 2012 21:22:00 +0000 26828 at France's Next President: Incumbent Or Socialist? Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>This morning, voters in two European countries hit hard by the continent's crippling economic crisis are going to the polls. In a moment, we'll speak with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Greece. But first, we turn to France where incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy has been campaigning against the background of widespread discontent and a strong Socialist opponent, Francois Hollande.<p>For more on the election in France, I'm joined now by NPR's Eleanor Beardsley from Paris. Sun, 06 May 2012 11:27:00 +0000 26818 at French Election Marks A Fork In The Road Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.<p>The French presidential runoff is tomorrow. President Nicolas Sarkozy and his opponent Socialist candidate Francois Hollande represent two different visions for their country.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: If you want to understand what this French election is all about, you just needed to be in Paris on May Day. May 1st is Europe's Labor Day. No one went to work. Sat, 05 May 2012 16:52:00 +0000 26793 at Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity? The possibility that French President Nicolas Sarkozy may lose the presidential election Sunday is making waves across Europe. Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the architects of Europe's new fiscal austerity pact.<p>But the man likely to replace Sarkozy has other ideas.<p>Socialist candidate Francois Hollande — who is favored in opinion polls by several percentage points — says Europe cannot emerge from the crisis based on austerity alone.<p>Hollande is calling for a rethink, to foster growth strategies. Thu, 03 May 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26704 at Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity? In French Election, Candidates Chase Far-Right Votes President Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting desperately to hold on to his job with five days to go until the French presidential runoff against socialist rival Francois Hollande.<p>Both candidates have been trying to appeal to supporters of France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who came in third place in the first round of balloting held last month. Tue, 01 May 2012 07:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26514 at In French Election, Candidates Chase Far-Right Votes