Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy would lose the first round of next year’s presidential election to his two main Socialist Party contenders, an Ipsos institute poll suggested.
Sarkozy, who has yet to declare for the presidential race, would take 21 percent at the April 2012 ballot compared with 32 percent for Francois Hollande as the leading Socialist candidate, according to the poll for Radio France and tomorrow’s Le Monde newspaper. Against Martine Aubry, Sarkozy would lose 22 percent to 29 percent.
Sarkozy would beat Segolene Royal, the Socialist Party’s candidate at the 2007 election, by 23 percent to 22 percent. Marine Le Pen, the National Front candidate, would take 16 percent in each of the three scenarios, the poll showed.
France will hold the first round of the presidential elections on April 22 and the second and final round on May 6. The Socialist Party will nominate its candidate over two ballot rounds on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.
Paris-based Ipsos conducted the poll of 962 voters on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. It didn’t provide a margin of error.
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