Hollande Rejects Sarkozy Charge His Policies Would Roil Markets

French Socialist Francois Hollande rejected Nicolas Sarkozy’s charge that his election in next month’s presidential vote would drive borrowing costs higher and rattle investors.

“It’s the right that’s terrified” and not markets, Hollande said today on France 2 television. “The only cause for worry is to continue the failed policies” of Sarkozy.

While Sarkozy tops opinion surveys for the election’s 10-candidate first round on April 22, Hollande would win the head-to-head runoff on May 6, the polls suggest. The challenger had a six percentage point lead over the incumbent, 53 percent support to 47 percent, in a Harris Interactive poll published April 10, the same as the previous week.

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