Dominique Strauss-Khan, former socialist challenger to Segolene Royal, has called on all voters whose candidate did not win tonight to join Royal in the runoff.
"I feel in this first turn the hope of a revival (...) I believe that henceforth the victory by the revival is possible.
It is necessary that the second round, the victory with the second round of Ségolène Royal is not done solely on the rejection of Nicolas Sarkozy but on a will of change to build this house of the revival.
It is a call with all the voters who do not have their preferred candidate in the second round, those who were more on the left than Ségolène, those who were on the right and who want to build with her the revival which one needs.
Inside there is no agreement of party and of negotiation. There is simply Ségolène Royal who proposes a revival and it is necessary that those who want this revival can line up behind her."