New poll puts Sarkozy and Royal at level pegging

23rd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 23, 2007 (AFP) - French presidential candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal are at level pegging in the election race, according to a new poll Friday which showed a big improvement in the Socialist candidate's score.

PARIS, March 23, 2007 (AFP) - French presidential candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal are at level pegging in the election race, according to a new poll Friday which showed a big improvement in the Socialist candidate's score.

 Four weeks ahead of election day, the two frontrunners both get 26 percent in the multi-candidate first round, and then both get 50 percent in the decisive second round two weeks later, according to the CSA poll for Le Parisien newspaper.

The survey was a boost for Royal, who has been behind Sarkozy in practically every poll since January.

Francois Bayrou, the centrist candidate who has surged in recent weeks to challenge the two leaders in the race, is on 21 percent according to the poll.

However a second poll for IPSOS showed Sarkozy, candidate of the ruling centre-right, winning by 54 percent to 46 percent over Royal in the second round.

In the first round on April 22, Sarkozy would get 31.5 percent, Royal 24.5 percent and Bayrou 19 percent, according to IPSOS.

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