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Francois Hollande becomes new French president

Socialist Francois Hollande won France's presidential election Sunday, defeating conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (AP)

Socialist Francois Hollande won France's presidential election Sunday, defeating conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (AP)

PARIS (AP) - Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') has become president of France following a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in central Paris.

Hollande is the first socialist leader of France since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

Hollande, 57, was elected to a five year term in an election earlier this month, after voters ousted incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after only one term.


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