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Centrist party leader backs Hollande in French presidential runoff

05-04-2012 14:51 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

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The head of France’s main centrist party says he will vote for Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in Sunday’s presidential runoff. It’s another blow to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s chances of re-election.

Francois Bayrou accuses Sarkozy of having veered to the far-right on immigration and abandoned European values. But he says he won’t control his supporters’ choices. Bayrou and Sarkozy both held positions as government ministers between 1993 and 1995. He came fifth in April’s first-round presidential vote with over 9 percent.

France's Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election
Francois Hollande waves flags after giving a speech during a campaign meeting in
Toulouse, southern France. Hollande made his final rallying call Thursday in the
city of Toulouse where a few weeks ago an Islamist killer brought a brief halt to
a bitter election campaign. (AFP Photo/Patrick Kovarik)


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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