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French President Sarkozy Trails Hollande in Leadership Poll

December 15, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- French socialist challenger Francois Hollande would defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by 57 to 43 percent in the deciding round of next year’s presidential election, a poll says.

Under the French system, a run-off will be held May 6 if no-one takes a majority in the April 22 first round. In that initial stage of voting, Hollande would take 28 percent, Sarkozy 25 percent, anti-immigrant campaigner Marine le Pen 19 percent, and centrist politician Francois Bayrou 11 percent, the Harris Interactive poll said.

Former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who announced his candidacy last week, would get only 3 percent in the first round, according to the poll, which was commissioned by television station La Chaine Parlementaire.

The poll involved 1,031 people questioned Dec. 13 through 15. No margin of error was given.

--Editors: Digby Lidstone, Louis Meixler.

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