Final Ipsos poll via France24 at 8 p.m. in Paris: François Hollande 51.9 %, Nicolas Sarkozy 48.1%.
France24: Overall, 20.1 percent of French voters abstained from casting their ballots.
BFMTV says it was 81% participation.
Here's what the U.S. cable networks ran instead:
CNN - The Next List
MSNBC - Meet the Press (encore of NBC's telecast), which featured Tom Brokaw raising the complaint of voters that U.S. reporters are more than a bit full of themselves, and, that their being so keen on reporting on what George Clooney thinks at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, rather than DO THEIR JOBS, is one of the reasons.
Yes, the thin wall between serious news and Entertainment Tonight
Fox News Channel - Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace (encore telecast)
Yes, with all the technology available to them, this is what we get from the Mainstream Media: nothing. C'est la vie!
You can watch the heated commentary LIVE in English via http://www.france24.com/en/aef_player_popup/france24_player#
As becomes obvious when you listen.
Hollande has still not spoken as of 3:15 Eastern U.S.