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Hollande Gains Over Sarkozy in French Presidential Poll

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April 12 (Bloomberg) -- French Socialist candidate Francois Hollande would defeat President Nicolas Sarkozy by 57 percent to 43 percent if the final round of the presidential election due May 6 were to be held now, a CSA opinion poll showed.

Hollande’s score in the poll jumped three percentage points from a previous CSA poll held April 2 and 3, while Sarkozy dropped three points, the polling company said in an e-mail today.

About 27 percent of voters intend to back Hollande in the first round set for April 22, down two points in a week, according to the CSA poll for BFM TV, 20 Minutes newspaper and RMC radio. Sarkozy’s support fell by four points to 26 percent, the survey found.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, a Communist-backed candidate, would get 17 percent of the vote in the first round, and National Front candidate Marine Le Pen would get 15 percent, CSA said.

French voters will choose from among 10 candidates in the first round of the election and the two front-runners will face-off in the second. CSA interviewed 1,123 registered voters for the survey on April 10 and 11. No margin of error was given.

To contact the reporter on this story: Francois de Beaupuy in Paris at fdebeaupuy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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