France elects new president
After an exceptionally high voter turn out, Nicolas Sarkozy was elected as France's president on Sunday, according to CNN.
The Washington Post is reporting that Sarkozy is promising to reform relations with the United States and restore its self-respect.
With 53.1 percent of the vote after over 98 percent of the ballots were counted, Sarkozy defeated Segolene Royal. Royal would have been the first female president of France had she been elected, The New York Times said.
After the election, police battled with several hundred protesters near the Place de la Bastille where windows were smashed and a vehicle was set on fire, reports MSNBC.