France's Le Pen Endorses ... Blank Ballot
Far-right leader doesn't get behind Francois Hollande or Nicolas Sarkozy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2012 6:39 AM CDT
Marine Le Pen reacts after the first round of presidential elections, in Paris, Sunday, April 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

(Newser) – Far-right leader Marine Le Pen is refusing to endorse either candidate in France's presidential runoff and says she will cast a blank protest ballot. Le Pen, who came in a strong third place in the first round of voting April 22, told her supporters at a big rally in Paris to "vote according to your conscience" and said, "I will cast a blank ballot," explaining that she could not endorse Nicolas Sarkozy or Socialist challenger Francois Hollande. Polls favor Hollande, but Sarkozy hopes to win over Le Pen's voters for Sunday's runoff.