Nicolas Sarkozy seeks 'new dream' for France

22nd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - Rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy told cheering supporters on Sunday he wanted to rally the French people behind a "new dream" after making it through to a runoff vote for the presidency on May 6.

PARIS, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - Rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy told cheering supporters on Sunday he wanted to rally the French people behind a "new dream" after making it through to a runoff vote for the presidency on May 6.

"My dear compatriots, I want only one thing: to gather the French people around a new French dream," he told supporters at his UMP party headquarters in Paris after topping Sunday's first round vote.

France must now choose between two visions of society in the second round, in which he will face the Socialist Segolene Royal, Sarkozy said.

"By placing me in the lead and Madame Royal in second position, (voters) clearly marked their wish to have a definitive debate on two ideas of the nation, two projects of society, two value systems," he said.

Sarkozy's dream was one of "a fraternal republic where no-one will be afraid."

"I want to say to all the French who are afraid, that I want to protect them against violence, against delinquancy, against unfair competition (in business), against outsourcing," the former interior minister said.

Sarkozy, 52, won the first place in the first round election while Royal, 53, who wants to become France's first woman president, came in second, projections based on a sample of the official count showed.


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Subject: French news, Presidential election

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