With just a week to go before the decisive second round vote in France’s presidential polls, the leading candidates are trying to shore up support. Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy has attended a big rally in Paris, as latest opinion polls still give him a slight lead over his rival. Sarkozy is hoping that the seven million voters who supported the defeated centrist candidate in the first round will end up backing him. He has promised to have centrist UDF ministers in his government if elected.
But Socialist candidate Segolene Royal is also seeking to attract that support, even saying that she does not rule out campaign programme changes and the nomination of a centrist prime minister if she wins. Today she toured an emergency call centre, promising to defend and revitalise public hospitals. Both candidates will take part in a TV debate on Wednesday.