Segolene Royal back in front of Bayrou in new poll

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has edged back in front of centrist rival Francois Bayrou in the latest opinion poll for the French presidential election in six weeks.

PARIS, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has edged back in front of centrist rival Francois Bayrou in the latest opinion poll for the French presidential election in six weeks.

Bayrou had overtaken Royal and was threatening conservative frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy in other recent polls.

But the CSA poll for Le Parisien newspaper I-Tele, to appear Thursday, showed Bayrou with 21 percent of voting intentions, three points down from a previous poll on March 7.

The poll gave socialist Royal 26 percent of the vote in the first round on April 22, one point shy of right-winger Sarkozy on 27 percent.

National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen remained stable on 14 percent of voting intentions.

According to the poll of 905 people, 27 percent said they would abstain in the second round of the election and 23 percent would in the first round.

Polls released over the past week had shown Bayrou gaining rapidly in support, throwing the election race wide open.

The former education minister was considered an outsider when he announced his candidacy as the third option in the election. Some polls have suggested that he would win a second round run-off against Sarkozy if he gets through.

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