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Sarkozy Would Lose 57%-43% to Socialist Hollande, BVA Poll Shows

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy would lose by 57 percent to 43 percent against the Socialist challenger Francois Hollande if the two face-off in the second round of the elections, according to the latest BVA poll.

The gap has been stable for the past month, according to the poll, which was commissioned by phone company Orange, RTL Radio, and regional newspapers.

In the first round, Hollande would take 30 percent, followed by Sarkozy with 23 percent, National Front candidate Marine Le Pen with 18 percent, and centrist politician Francois Bayrou on 13 percent.

The first round of voting will be held on April 22 with the top two candidates facing off in the decisive contest on May 6. The poll of 974 people was carried out from Jan. 18 to 19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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