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Sarkozy trailing challenger Hollande in opinion poll ahead of French presidential election

Paris, Sat, 14 Apr 2012 ANI

Paris, Apr 14 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy is losing ground to his Socialist Party opponent Francois Hollande, according to a new poll conducted ahead of next week's first round of presidential elections.

The poll, carried out by CSA showed both leading candidates had lost ground since the previous comparable poll a week ago.

According to the poll, Hollande lost two percentage points to 27 percent and is now ahead of Sarkozy, who lost four percentage points to 26 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report said that in the case of a runoff, if no candidate secures 50 percent of the votes in the first round, Hollande would beat Sarkozy 57 percent to 43 percent.

CSA also revealed that voting intentions for smaller candidates rose from the previous week.

Voting intentions for far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen both gained two percentage points to 17 and 15 percent, respectively.

According to the poll, Centrist candidate Fran?ois Bayrou gained one percentage point to 11 percent. (ANI)

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