PARIS: French right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has a commanding lead over his Socialist rival Segolene Royal ahead of Sunday’s run off election, an opinion poll showed on 4 May.
The daily IPSOS survey of 992 people conducted on 4 May showed Sarkozy at 55 % and Royal at 45%. Compared to the last IPSOS poll conducted a day earlier, Sarkozy gained 1 percentage point and Royal lost 1 point.
The campaign officially ends at midnight (2200 GMT), after which no opinion polls can be published. Voting begins in some of the nation’s overseas territories on 5 May, with the rest of France’s voters casting their ballot on Sunday.
Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins
France risks violence and brutality if right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins Sunday’s presidential election, his Socialist opponent Segolene Royal said on 4 May.
On the last day of official campaigning, opinion polls showed Sarkozy enjoyed a commanding lead over Royal, who accused the former interior minister of lying and polarising France.
“Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice,” Royal told RTL radio.
“It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won),” she said.
Pressed on whether there would actually be violence, Royal said: “I think so, I think so,” referring specifically to France’s volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.
A relaxed Sarkozy laughed off her comments.
“She’s not in a good mood this morning. It must be the opinion polls,” he told Europe 1 radio.