French presidential election Result 2012 Candidates Margin Votes % Turnout, 2012 France presidential election Result, past presidential election Result of France, French presidential election

French presidential election Result 2012 Candidates Margin Votes % Turnout, 2012 France presidential election Result, past presidential election Result of France, French presidential election

A presidential election was held in France on 22 April 2012 (or 21 April in some overseas departments and territories), with a second round run-off held on 6 May (or 5 May for those same territories) to elect the President of France (who is also ex officio one of the two joint heads of state of Andorra, a sovereign state). The incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy was running for a second successive and, under the terms of the constitution, final term in the election.


The first round ended with the selection of François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy as second round participants, as neither of them received a majority of votes cast in the first round. Hollande won the runoff with 51.64% of the vote to Sarkozy's 48.36%.

French presidential election result 21–22 April and 5–6 May 2012

Candidate Party   1st round 2nd round
Votes  % Votes  %
François Hollande Socialist Party andRadical Party of the Left (Parti socialiste -Parti radical de gauche) PS / PRG 1,02,72,705 28.63% 1,80,00,668 51.64%
Nicolas Sarkozy Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un mouvement populaire) UMP 97,53,629 27.18% 1,68,60,685 48.36%
Marine Le Pen National Front (Front national) FN 64,21,426 17.90%  
Jean-Luc Mélenchon Left Front (Front de gauche) FG 39,84,822 11.10%
François Bayrou Democratic Movement(Mouvement démocrate) MoDem 32,75,122 9.13%
Eva Joly Europe Écologie–The Greens (Europe Écologie–Les Verts) EELV 8,28,345 2.31%
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Arise the Republic(Debout la République) DLR 6,43,907 1.79%
Philippe Poutou New Anticapitalist Party(Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste) NPA 4,11,160 1.15%
Nathalie Arthaud Workers' Struggle (Lutte ouvrière) LO 2,02,548 0.56%
Jacques Cheminade Solidarity and Progress(Solidarité et Progrès) SP 89,545 0.25%
Total 3,58,83,209 100% 3,48,61,353 100%
Valid votes 3,58,83,209 98.08% 3,48,61,353 94.18%
Spoilt and null votes 7,01,190 1.92% 21,54,956 5.82%
Turnout 3,65,84,399 79.48% 3,70,16,309 80.35%
Abstentions 94,44,143 20.52% 90,49,998 19.65%
Registeredvoters 4,60,28,542   4,60,66,307  
Table of results ordered by number of votes received in first round. Official results by Constitutional Council of France.

More than 46 million people were eligible to vote.

François Hollande received 51.64% of the votes, while Nicolas Sarkozy secured 48.36% of the votes in the second round.

Sarkozy became the first one-term president since Valéry Giscard d'Estaing lost to François Mitterrand in 1981.