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Nicolas Sarkozy

France's right-wing candidate wins the presidential election.

Posted on May 7, 2007, at 11:15 a.m. ET

Depending on your point of view, he's either a xenophobic authoritarian or a steely-eyed pragmatist, but Sarko is the political face of France for at least the next five years. Just who is he?

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