'Two days to triumph' for Sarkozy

4th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

MONTPELLIER, France, May 3, 2007 (AFP) - French right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy called on cheering supporters at his last rally before Sunday's presidential vote to help him "create the conditions for a French rebirth."

MONTPELLIER, France, May 3, 2007 (AFP) - French right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy called on cheering supporters at his last rally before Sunday's presidential vote to help him "create the conditions for a French rebirth."

"We have two days left to say goodbye to the heritage of 68," Sarkozy said, referring to the May 1968 student revolts that he has denounced throughout the campaign as the source of France's moral decline.

"Two days during which I need your ardour, your friendship, your enthusiasm, your energy, your strength," Sarkozy told 15,000 people including the wife of outgoing President Jacques Chirac, gathered in the southern city of Montpellier.

"Two days for a new energy to rise out of the country's depths, two days for a great popular movement to rise up sweep away all obstacles, all hesitations, all fears, all anguish...," he said to wild cheers from the crowd.

"Two days to create the conditions for a French rebirth, two days for everything to become possible."

"Two days for our united family to turn to the silent majority and tell them, yes it's possible... for we have only one will, to bring about the tiumph of the French republic and the French nation.

With two days to go before his decisive second round battle with socialist rival Segolene Royal, the right-wing favourite appeared increasingly sure of victory Sunday -- with every opinion poll since the April 22 first round giving him a clear lead.

A survey carried out after a crucial television debate showed that his rival failed to make the breakthrough she needed: some 53 percent of viewers thought Sarkozy was more convincing, compared to 31 percent for Royal.

 

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