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Sarkozy Narrows Hollande’s Lead in Presidential Race, Poll Shows

February 20, 2012

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy narrowed Socialist rival Francois Hollande’s lead in the run up to April elections, a poll showed.

Backing for Sarkozy gained 0.5 points to 26 percent since Feb. 5, while support for Holland slipped 2 points to 32 percent, according to an LH2 poll for Yahoo! published today. Support for anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen dropped 1 point to 14 percent.

LH2 surveyed 967 voters by telephone Feb. 17-18. The poll’s margin of error is between 2.5 points and 4 points. The first round of elections is on April 22.

--Editors: Simone Meier, Leon Mangasarian

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