Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sarkozy Opens Poll Lead After France Shootings

President Nicolas Sarkozy has surged into the lead in election opinion polls following his handling of the crisis in Toulouse where a gunman is under siege suspected of killing of seven people.

The first survey since Monday's killings predicted Mr Sarkozy would narrowly beat his Socialist challenger in the first round of a presidential election next month.

The poll of 1,000 people, carried out on Monday and Tuesday, put Mr Sarkozy on 30% in the first round and Francois Hollande on 28%.

However, it showed Mr Hollande would win a second-round run-off by a margin of 8%.

The two rivals were neck and neck a week ago. Read More