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French presidential election: Sarkozy up one point in polls

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French presidential election: Sarkozy up one point in polls


A new poll suggests President Nicolas Sarkozy could be closing the gap in France’s presidential race, with six days to go.

Pollsters IPSOS say Sarkozy would take 47 percent of the second-round ballot – a rise of one point – while Socialist rival Francois Hollande is still six points ahead.

Monday’s poll comes as a left-leaning news website claimed it has fresh evidence that Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign was offered financing by late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

Mediapart claims it has a letter offering 50 million euros in funds. Sarkozy says he’ll file a complaint against the website.

Challenger Francois Hollande told supporters at a rally outside Paris on Sunday that Sarkozy was “without doubt headed for the exit.” Despite the socialist’s confidence, analysts say that he can’t necessary count on far-right support.

Surprisingly, neither can Sarkozy – according to the IPSOS poll. 54 percent of National Front voters now say they’ll switch to Sarkozy, down from 60 percent earlier.

Sarkozy plans to hijack at least one of Tuesday’s Labour day rallies to reach out to undecided voters.

Marches are held across France to celebrate the battle for workers’ rights.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has promised that she’ll “comment” on the second round on Tuesday and is expected to tell supporters to leave a blank vote.

And that’s backed up by the latest opinion poll, suggesting as many as a third of National Front supporters won’t vote at all on Sunday.

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