PARIS - A majority of supporters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy want his UMP party to strike an alliance with the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen ahead of parliamentary elections in June, an opinion poll published on Tuesday showed.

Sarkozy and other leaders of the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) have so far ruled out any such deal.

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"There has never been and there will never be an agreement with the extreme right," UMP Finance Minister Francois Baroin said on television in a first reaction to the survey.

The poll was a further sign of the inroads being made by Le Pen, who scored a record 17.9 percent of the vote in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday.

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