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Hollande Hangs on to Lead in French Presidency Election Poll

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- French presidential election frontrunner Francois Hollande would finish in the lead if the first round of voting were held Jan. 22, with 29 percent of respondents to an Ipsos poll for Francetelevisions, Radio France and Le Monde saying they would support him.

Hollande’s poll result was down 3 percentage points from the findings of the last poll, held on Dec. 2 and 3. French President Nicolas Sarkozy would finish in second place with 23 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him, a decline of 2.5 percentage points from the last poll, Ipsos said.

The two candidates would then go on to a second round runoff, in which 59 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Hollande, down 1 percentage point from the support in the last poll, while Sarkozy would get the vote of 41 percent, of the respondents, up 1 percentage point. Ipsos polled 948 voters Jan. 13 and 14, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blanche Gatt in London at bgatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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