A real choice this time
The BBC is reporting that the first round results in France are likely to be this:
"Centre-right Mr Sarkozy won 30%, ahead of Ms Royal of the Socialists on 25.2%. Centrist Francois Bayrou got 18.3% and the far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen 11.5%."
So at least there will be a proper left vs right contest in the second round, unlike the travesty last time of a run-off between Le Pen and Chirac.
The far right result is down considerably from the last election, which has to be good news.
Brits could learn something from the 84.5% turnout too.
I can leave the Segolene Royal campaign sticker on my PC at work for a bit longer.