Telegraph View: The French election shows that a disaffected electorate is ready to turn to the extremes - as George Galloway's victory in Bradford showed in Britain.
"What are the immediate lessons? First, that people are angry. The same combination of economic malaise and popular disillusionment that fuelled George Galloway’s by-election victory in Bradford is at work across the Continent, with voters disappointed by the existing parties and willing to turn to the extremes. They are also passionate: turnout of at least 80 per cent attests to that. Over the next fortnight, the expectation will be that the Left will fall in behind Mr Hollande, and the Right behind Mr Sarkozy. But we live in strange and turbulent times – and it would be foolish for either candidate to take a win as a sign that the old order has been restored."