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Sarkozy's ratings rise after Toulouse shooting

03-23-2012 07:52 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

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The first opinion poll since the deadly shooting in Toulouse shows President Nicolas Sarkozy would narrowly beat his Socialist challenger in the first round of a presidential election next month.

Sarkozy and Francois Hollande suspended their campaigns after the killings that followed the shooting of three soldiers last week. At that time, the two rivals had been neck-and-neck.

Nicolas Sarkozy (R), France's President and UMP party candidate for 2012 French
presidential election, shakes hands with residents as he leaves his campaign
headquarters after a meeting with his team in Paris March 22, 2012.

The poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday showed Sarkozy would win 30 percent in the first round, and Hollande 28 percent. Sarkozy has repeatedly appeared on national television giving information on the manhunt. He also presided over a ceremony for the fallen soldiers. This has all put a new focus on security, traditionally a strong point for the president.

Nicolas Sarkozy (R), France's President and UMP party candidate for 2012 French
presidential election, shakes hands with residents as he leaves his campaign
headquarters after a meeting with his team in Paris March 22, 2012.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy attends a ceremony at the 17th RGP paratroopers regiment in Montauban March 21, 2012 to pay tribute to the 3 soldiers killed by a gunman in Montauban and in Toulouse last week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy gestures to supporters
near his campaign party headquarters, Paris, Thursday, March 22, 2012.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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