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France's Hollande would lose election vs Sarkozy: poll

Published on Apr 16, 2014 2:39 AM

PARIS (REUTERS) - French President Francois Hollande would be beaten at the polls by both his centre-right predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right rival Marine Le Pen if he ran for re-election this week, an opinion survey showed on Tuesday.

Hollande's popularity has plummeted to record lows since he came to power two years ago, with voters increasingly frustrated about his failure to kickstart economic growth and bring down an unemployment rate stuck above 10 per cent.

The survey by pollster OpinionWay showed that Hollande, whose term ends in 2017, would be knocked out in the first round of a two-round presidential election with 19 per cent of votes versus 29 per cent for Sarkozy and 25 per cent for Le Pen.

In a run-off next Sunday between Sarkozy and National Front party chief Le Pen, the former president would win by 67 per cent versus 33 per cent for Le Pen, the poll showed.

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