French Twitter users, including some media outlets, used coded messages to skirt campaign rules barring the broadcast of exit-poll results and political messages during Sunday's presidential vote. Using a hashtag that was a hat tip to the French resistance of World War II, users posted messages referring to diminutive President Nicolas Sarkozy as the "garden gnome" and to his main rival Francois Hollande as "Flanby," after a brand of caramel pudding.

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