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Hollande Would Defeat Sarkozy for French Presidency, Poll Says

October 19, 2011

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Francois Hollande, who won the Socialist Party’s nomination last weekend, would defeat French President Nicolas Sarkozy if next year’s elections were held now, a poll said.

Hollande would win 62 percent and Sarkozy 38 percent in a run-off, said the poll by CSA for BFM TV and RMC radio. It was the first poll since the Socialist primary.

In the election’s first round, Hollande would take 35 percent, Sarkozy 25 percent, anti-immigrant campaigner Marine Le Pen 16 percent and centrist Francois Bayrou 9 percent, the poll showed. Under the French system, a run-off is held if no candidate wins a majority in the first round.

France holds presidential elections next May. The poll surveyed 1,010 people on Oct. 17. No margin of error was given.

--Editors: Leon Mangasarian, Tim Farrand.

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