White House mum on French vote

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 (AFP) - The White House on Monday declined comment on the French presidential elections, firmly brushing aside questions about whether it had a favorite in the second-round run-off set for May 6.

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2007 (AFP) - The White House on Monday declined comment on the French presidential elections, firmly brushing aside questions about whether it had a favorite in the second-round run-off set for May 6.

"I'm not going to touch that with a 20-foot pole," spokeswoman Dana Perino replied when asked whether US President George W. Bush would rather see Nicolas Sarkozy or Segolene Royal succeed French President Jacques Chirac.

"We'll let the French, in two weeks, make their decision," she said.

Sarkozy won 31.18 percent of Sunday's vote ahead of Royal on 25.97 percent, according to final official figures. Turnout was a near-record 83.77 percent.

US officials have said privately that they don't want to be drawn into the race to decide who will take over from Chirac, whom Bush has praised publicly over Franco-US cooperation on Lebanon after clashing over the war in Iraq.


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