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Centrist party leader says to vote for Hollande in French election

05-04-2012 04:22 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

PARIS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- France's main centrist party leader Francois Bayrou on Thursday said he would vote for the presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande in Sunday's runoff election, seen as the latest setback to the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election bid.

Bayrou, the presidential candidate who came fifth in the first round with 9.1 percent, however denied offering any advice to his supporters while in the meantime accused Sarkozy of appealing too much to the far-right voters.

"I do not want to cast a blank vote... that would mean indecision," he told a press conference held here.

On Wednesday night, Sarkozy tried but failed to throw a knockout blow to his rival in a fierce, bitter televised debate watched by nearly 17.8 million French voters.

Earlier this week, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who had surprisingly won 18 percent of votes in the first round, ranking the third place after Hollande and Sarkozy, said she would cast a blank vote without endorsing any candidate.

All polls have long forecasted that Holland will beat Sarkozy by 6 to 10 percent in Sunday's runoff election, and the whole campaign should come to an official end by Friday midnight.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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