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French centre-right wants Sarkozy re-election despite legal woes-poll

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:45 PM
 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seen here leaving a restaurant in Paris July 2, 2014. A new poll has shown that a clear majority of French centre-right voters want the former leader to seek re-election in 2017. -- PHOTO: Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - A clear majority of French centre-right voters want former president Nicolas Sarkozy to seek re-election in 2017 and his support has grown despite legal troubles facing him and his party, an opinion survey showed on Thursday.

The Ifop poll published by the Atlantico news web site showed that 60 per cent of UMP opposition party supporters want Mr Sarkozy, who lost a re-election bid to Socialist President Francois Hollande in 2012, to try again in 2017.

Mr Sarkozy's support has risen by 10 percentage points since early May. The poll was conducted after Mr Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation in early July on suspicion that he tried to influence magistrates examining his 2007 election campaign finances.

The UMP itself is in the midst of a legal inquiry into whether party officials used its books to cover up millions of euros of overspending on Mr Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign.

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