It’s been a relatively steady week and a half since French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his candidacy for reelection with a mix of populist stances with respect to France and steady-ship statesmanship with respect to Europe, all the while showing some of the frenetic energy that won the Élysée in 2007.
The first crop of post-announcement polls show that Sarkozy is catching up to Parti socialiste candidate François Hollande in the first round, but still faces a double-digit gap in a second-round runoff against Hollande.
An Ipsos poll released today is demonstrative.
In the first round, the distribution of current voting intentions is as follows:
- François Hollande — 31.5%
- Nicolas Sarkozy — 27%
- Marine Le Pen — 16%
- François Bayrou — 11%
- Jean-Luc Mélenchon — 8%
- Eva Joly — 2.5%
- Dominique de Villepin — 1%
- Nicolas-Dupont Aignan — 1%
In the second round, however, Hollande leads Sarkozy by a 58% to 42% margin. Continue reading One week in, polls a mixed bag for Sarkozy