Socialist candidate Francois Hollande has won the French presidential election, according to a report by Agence France Presse. AFP said that, based on exit polls, Hollande gained between 52 and 53.3 percent of the vote, putting an end to the political career of conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Crowds of Socialist supporters have descended upon Hollande's hometown of Tulle in central France and also in front of party headquarters in Paris to celebrate the victory, at least an hour before French media was permitted to declare the official results.

Every major French polling organization - including CSA, TNS Sofres and Ipsos - gave Hollande between 52 and 53 percent of the final tally.

Le Soir, a Belgian newspaper, already declared Hollande the winner.

Le Soir also reported that incumbent Sarkozy has cancelled a planned rally at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, suggesting he is prepared to concede.