Royal still sliding in the polls

13th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) , French socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal is still sliding in the polls despite the presentation of her 100-point election programme, according to a survey.

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP)

French socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal is still sliding in the polls despite the presentation of her 100-point election programme, according to a survey.

An Ifop poll conducted for Paris Match magazine a day after her policy launch Sunday gave Royal 46 percent of votes in a run-off against the right-wing contender Nicolas Sarkozy, who would garner 54 percent.

Royal, who wants to become France's first woman president, unveiled her election platform of increased social spending in a speech seen as crucial to party hopes that she can inject new momentum in her flagging campaign.

After entering the race in a strong position, Royal has lost the edge to Sarkozy, who has been leading in all opinion polls conducted since his nomination as the governing party's candidate on January 14.

The poll released Monday showed that Sarkozy would get 33.5 percent of votes in the first round of voting in April, up 2.5 points from the previous Ifop survey, on January 25-26.

Royal would get 26 percent in the first round, down from 27.5 percent, according to the poll.

Centrist Francois Bayrou of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) is credited with 14 percent of voter intentions, gaining three points, while far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen loses three points to garner 10 percent of votes.

The survey was carried out on February 12 with a representative sample of 879 respondents.

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Subject: French news, Presidential elections, Segolene Royal

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