Hollande Maintains Lead Over Sarkozy in French Harris Poll

French Socialist challenger Francois Hollande would defeat President Nicolas Sarkozy by 53 percent to 47 percent in the decisive second round of France’s presidential elections, according to a Harris Interactive poll. That’s the same gap as in the previous poll a week ago.

For the April 22 first round, Sarkozy would win 28 percent and Hollande 27 percent, with Sarkozy losing one percentage point and Hollande gaining a point. Anti-immigrant campaigner Marine Le Pen remained third with 16 percent. Under the French system, the top two progress to a run-off, due on May 6.

The poll involved 1,033 people questioned April 3-6. No margin of error was given.

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