Sarkozy surges ahead in new French poll

31st January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 31, 2007 (AFP) - Right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy surged ahead of Segolene Royal in a new poll released Wednesday, getting 54 percent of voting intentions against 46 percent for the Socialist challenger.

PARIS, Jan 31, 2007 (AFP) - Right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy surged ahead of Segolene Royal in a new poll released Wednesday, getting 54 percent of voting intentions against 46 percent for the Socialist challenger.

It was a gain of two percentage points for Sarkozy over a similar IPSOS survey carried out two weeks previously.

In the multi-candidate first round of the election, IPSOS found that Sarkozy would get 35 percent against 26 percent for Royal. Far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and the centrist Francois Bayrou both were accredited with 11 percent.

Sarkozy, who is interior minister and head of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), has been ahead in nine separate polls taken since his formal investiture as his party's candidate on January 14.

A poll for Paris-Match magazine released Tuesday gave Sarkozy 52 percent over 48 percent for Royal.

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