Poll: Sarkozy takes first round French election lead

March 13, 2012 01:45

PARIS- A new poll put President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of Francois Hollande for the first time on Tuesday in the first round of France's presidential election next month, although it showed his Socialist rival winning the second.

The Ifop/Fiducial poll put support for Sarkozy at 28.5 percent in the first round on April 22, up from 27 percent at the end of February. Support for Hollande slipped to 27 percent, from 28.5 percent, the poll showed.

Hollande would still triumph in the May 22 runoff between the two top candidates with 54.5 percent of the vote to Sarkozy's 45.5 percent, although his lead has narrowed with Hollande losing two percentage points and Sarkozy gaining two.

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