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March 13: French voter intentions for presidential race

Latest update : 15/03/2012

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Opinion survery conducted by IFOP-Fiducial for Europe 1, Paris Match magazine and Public Sénat.

This is the first public survey by a major French polling agency that gives incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy a small lead (28.5%) over his main challenger, Socialist Party candidate François Hollande (27%) in the first round of the French presiential race.

In IFOP's previous poll on February 26, Hollande was ahead Sarkozy by 1.5% points. Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon similarly advanced by 1.5% points from the February study, IFOP said.