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Sarkozy to quit politics if losing election

05-04-2012 19:32 BJT Special Report:2012 French Presidential Election |

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The French president has hinted that he’ll quit politics if he loses Sunday’s presidential election, as opinion polls have suggested. Both candidates and their supporters have been making their final appeals in various parts of the French capital.

Sarkozy gave a marathon interview to Europe 1 radio, calling on voters to back him for a second term. But across town, Socialist contender Francois Hollande said that Sarkozy had under-estimated him as an opponent -- although he did pay tribute to the current president’s campaigning skills.

The latest opinion polls show a slight cut in Hollande’s lead, but still stands at around 5 points higher than Sarkozy’s. With Sarkozy not having managed to gain the backing of several smaller parties, it seems likely that Hollande is still heading for victory:

Sarkozy said, "I have said it. I will preside and I will govern. If the French make another choice, I have said it: at that moment, things will be over. It’s normal. That’s my view of engagement. I know that if Hollande isn’t elected, he’ll continue as he did before. That’s his choice."

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande said, "I have never underestimated Nicolas Sarkozy. I have contested his policies, his choices and how he does things. But I know his energy. I know the strength of his convictions and his talent in debates. But where he made a mistake was to underestimate me."


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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