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Sarkozy narrows the gap in a French presidential poll

by - Europe Editor

An IFOP poll published this evening shows Nicolas Sarkozy is now just 4% behind Francois Hollande: 52-48%.

He has gained two points in 24 hours - and the gap is now within the margin of error.

It seems the late momentum is all with Sarkozy. It seems the public responded well to his 'presidential' debating style versus the more aggressive Hollande.

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Paris celebrates presidential election rally

French President and conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy for 2012 re-election
French President and conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy for 2012 re-election Credit: AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool

French President and conservative candidate for re-election delivered a speech during a campaign rally in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The conservative Sarkozy is hoping to win over the more than 6 million voters who supported far right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections April 22.

National Front rally in Paris

National Front rally outside the Palais Garnier Opera House Credit: Mark Nelson/ITV News

Supporters of France's far-right National Front party are celebrating their traditional "Joan of Arc Day" rally in Paris. The party leader Marine Le Pen addressed the crowd telling supporters to make up their own minds about who to vote for in the May 6th election run off.

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