Segolene shows first sign of poll slippage

31st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) - Ségolène Royal, the frontrunner in France's Socialist party to contend presidential elections next year, has seen public support slip though her lead remains unchallenged, a poll showed Thursday.

PARIS, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) - Ségolène Royal, the frontrunner in France's Socialist party to contend presidential elections next year, has seen public support slip though her lead remains unchallenged, a poll showed Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the CSA institute and published in Le Parisien newspaper, showed that Royal had 47 percent backing, down seven points from two weeks ago.

The dip appeared to coincide with a Socialist Party conference held last weekend during which Royal came under sharp attack from several party heavyweights who see themselves as more legitimate presidential candidates.

Nevertheless, those veteran politicians also fared badly in the survey, with most also losing support for their acid performances.

Only former prime minister Lionel Jospin, a previous presidential candidate, seemed to improve his score slightly.

He was in second place in the survey, with a one point boost pushing his rating up to 21 percent — still a long way behind Royal.

The Socialists are to announce their nomination for the presidential elections in November.

The elections are to be held starting in April next year.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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