93% of Franco-Israelis voted to keep Sarkozy
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93% of Franco-Israelis voted to keep Sarkozy

While in the mainland the race was extremely tight, Israelis overwhelmingly picked the eventual loser

Raphael Ahren is the diplomatic correspondent at The Times of Israel.

French nationals residing in Israel stand in line as they wait to vote in the French presidential election in May, at a polling station in Jerusalem (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel /Flash90)
French nationals residing in Israel stand in line as they wait to vote in the French presidential election in May, at a polling station in Jerusalem (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel /Flash90)

In contrast to a tight race in the French homeland, citizens of La Grande Nation living in Israel overwhelmingly favored the incumbent president.

Some 92.8% of the nearly 10,000 ballots cast in polling stations across Israel wanted to see the more conservative Nicolas Sarkozy enter a second-term. Only 7.2% voted for his Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, who won the race for France’s presidency Sunday.

In France, the second round of the presidential elections was extremely tight, with 51.7% voting for Hollande and 48.3% casting their ballot for Sarkozy. The campaign was dominated by a discussion of the country’s economic woes and its immigration policies. It was the first time in 30 years that a sitting president lost a bid for reelection.

Many Franco-Israelis preferred the economic and immigration policies of Sarkozy’s UMP party, which is also seen as friendlier toward Israel.

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