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Hollande poised for easy victory in run-off

05-04-2012 08:00 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says Socialists will bring austerity and recession to the country as he made promises of victory despite lagging in the polls against his rival.

Sarkozy said, "They dare to say that they support growth. Theirs is not a program for growth. It is a program for recession. It’s a program that will choke it, it’s a program that will dig the deficits and that will ruin investors’ confidence."

Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential
election, shakes hands with supporters after an election campaign rally in Toulouse,
May 3, 2012.

A slight narrowing in the latest opinion polls suggests President Nicolas Sarkozy may manage a closer finish than Hollande’s 6 to 10 point lead in the deciding vote, yet his failure to land a knockout punch in a televised debate may have doomed his re-election hopes.

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande seemed poised for an easy victory in Sunday’s election run-off. An average of recent polls gives Hollande a lead of between six and 10 points for the decisive second ballot against the conservative Sarkozy, whom he beat by 1.5 points in an April 22 first round vote between 10 candidates.

President and conservative candidate for re-election, Nicolas Sarkozy, center left,
and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, center right, leave a TV studio after his campaign
debate, in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Wednesday May 2, 2012.

Francois Hollande (L), Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential
election, shakes hands with supporters after an election campaign rally in Toulouse,
May 3, 2012.

Francois Hollande (L), Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential
election leaves an election campaign rally with his companion Valerie Trierweiler (R)
in Toulouse May 3, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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