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France: Last day of campaigning for presidential poll

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France: Last day of campaigning for presidential poll


It is the last day of France’s election campaign with Socialist Francois Hollande widely expected to replace conservative Nicolas Sarkozy as president.

Opinion polls show the far-left and far-right vying for third place in this weekend’s vote. The two top scoring candidates face a further duel next month.

Frédéric Dabi of the IFOP Polling Institute says the right does not have many votes in reserve to take into the second round which explains why Hollande is predicted to win the ultimate ballot with around 54 per cent.

Final first round opinion polls show Sarkozy either narrowly behind Hollande or the pair neck and neck.

There is concern that a lot of voters will stay away from the polls on Sunday. Surveys show many have been turned off by an election race not sufficiently focused on core issues.

No campaigning is allowed on Saturday. That gives the undecided – who are said to number nearly one in four voters – a chance to make up their minds.

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