One of France’s most colourful and controversial political figures will be standing in the country’s presidential elections. The anti-globalisation activist José Bové is on the list of twelve official candidates released today. There are four candidates said to have a realistic chance of making a second round run-off. Extreme right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen made it that far last time round.
Four more contenders have run before but are said to have little chance of making a second round. They include two extreme-left runners, one conservative and a green party candidate. Three more far-left hopefuls are standing for the first time, along with a rural party leader. Observers say they are also highly unlikely to get through the first round.
Of the front-runners, Nicolas Sarkozy has the highest first round score in the latest polls. The conservative Interior Minister would then beat the Socialist Party’s Segolene Royal in the run-off, if the newspaper surveys are to be believed. Behind them is the centrist François Bayrou. Although he trails his main rivals by a few points in the first round, if he did make a head-to-head with either of them the polls have him winning comfortably. But the same pollster claims that one in two voters are still undecided with a month to go, meaning the race is still wide open.