Sarkozy pulls ahead of Royal in latest poll

17th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 16, 2007 (AFP) - Right-wing hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy pulled ahead of Socialist candidate Segolene Royal in France's latest presidential opinion poll Tuesday, taken after Sarkozy was nominated at a triumphant party congress at the weekend.According to the IFOP poll for Paris-Match magazine, in the event of a second round decider between the two candidates Sarkozy would get 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for his rival.The last equivalent poll in November put Royal ahead by 51 to 49 p

PARIS, Jan 16, 2007 (AFP) - Right-wing hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy pulled ahead of Socialist candidate Segolene Royal in France's latest presidential opinion poll Tuesday, taken after Sarkozy was nominated at a triumphant party congress at the weekend.

According to the IFOP poll for Paris-Match magazine, in the event of a second round decider between the two candidates Sarkozy would get 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for his rival.

The last equivalent poll in November put Royal ahead by 51 to 49 percent.

In the multi-candidate first round, Sarkozy comes first with 33 percent of voting intentions, followed by Royal on 28 percent, the centrist Francois Bayrou on 12 percent and far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen on 10 percent.

Sarkozy was anointed Sunday as candidate of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement, at a congress attended by some 80,000 party members from around the country.

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Subject: French News

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