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Apr 22, 2012

Hollande tops Sarkozy in French vote, Le Pen surges

PARIS, April 22 (Reuters) – Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw
France’s presidential race wide open on Sunday by scoring nearly
20 percent in the first round – votes that may determine the
runoff between Socialist favourite Francois Hollande and
conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande led Sarkozy by about 29 to 26 percent in reliable
computer projections broadcast after polling stations closed,
and the two will meet in a head-to-head decider on May 6.

Apr 22, 2012

Voting begins in France, economy may doom Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – France voted on Sunday in round one of a presidential ballot, with a feeble economy that could make Nicolas Sarkozy the country’s first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.

In a contest driven as much by a dislike of Sarkozy’s showy style and his failure to bring down unemployment as by policy differences, Sarkozy and his Socialist rival Francois Hollande are pegged to beat eight other candidates to go through to a May 6 runoff, where polls give Hollande a double-digit lead.

Apr 21, 2012

Economy could doom Sarkozy as France heads to polls

PARIS (Reuters) – France votes on Sunday in round one of a presidential vote, with a feeble economy that could make Nicolas Sarkozy the country’s first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.

In a contest driven as much by a dislike of Sarkozy’s showy style and his failure to bring down unemployment as by policy differences, Sarkozy and his Socialist rival Francois Hollande are pegged to beat eight other candidates to go through to a May 6 runoff, where polls give Hollande a double-digit lead.

Apr 19, 2012

Disgruntled French set to vote out Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – Voters look set to turn their backs on conservative Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s first round of an election that could give France its first left-wing president in 17 years just as fears resurface over Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

A sickly economy and a deep dislike of Sarkozy’s flashy style have dominated the campaign, but the outside world’s doubts about France’s commitment to balance its public finances are also at stake as feeble growth threatens deficit-cutting targets in Europe’s No. 2 economy.

Apr 19, 2012

Preview: Disgruntled French set to vote out Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – Voters look set to turn their backs on conservative Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s first round of an election that could give France its first left-wing president in 17 years just as fears resurface over Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.

A sickly economy and a deep dislike of Sarkozy’s flashy style have dominated the campaign, but the outside world’s doubts about France’s commitment to balance its public finances are also at stake as feeble growth threatens deficit-cutting targets in Europe’s No. 2 economy.

Apr 17, 2012

Sarkozy defiant on ECB role as vote nears

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Nicolas Sarkozy stepped up his demand on Tuesday to give the European Central Bank a bigger role in driving growth, despite a German rebuff, in a quest to convince voters five days from an election that he is the best defender of the economy.

Sarkozy raised hackles in Berlin by declaring at a weekend campaign rally that he wanted a debate on having the ECB direct its exchange rate policy to propel growth, breaching a November agreement not to publicly discuss the bank’s role.

Apr 17, 2012

Dazzle turns to dust for France’s Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – In five years, Nicolas Sarkozy has gone from a man who won over a nation with raw and punchy speeches that promised to put money in workers’ pockets to the most unpopular president to seek re-election in France.

The conservative’s fiery 2007 campaign and determination to reach the top despite being the son of a Hungarian immigrant without the elite upbringing of his political peers drew young voters, factory workers and centrists to rally behind him.

Apr 17, 2012

Profile: Dazzle turns to dust for France’s Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – In five years, Nicolas Sarkozy has gone from a man who won over a nation with raw and punchy speeches that promised to put money in workers’ pockets to the most unpopular president to seek re-election in France.

The conservative’s fiery 2007 campaign and determination to reach the top despite being the son of a Hungarian immigrant without the elite upbringing of his political peers drew young voters, factory workers and centrists to rally behind him.

Apr 17, 2012

France’s Sarkozy defiant on ECB role as vote looms

PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) – France’s Nicolas Sarkozy stepped
up his demand on Tuesday to give the European Central Bank a
bigger role in driving growth, despite a German rebuff, in a
quest to convince voters five days from an election that he is
the best defender of the economy.

Sarkozy raised hackles in Berlin by declaring at a weekend
campaign rally that he wanted a debate on having the ECB direct
its exchange rate policy to propel growth, breaching a November
agreement not to publicly discuss the bank’s role.

Apr 15, 2012

French far-left eyes future role if Socialists win

By Catherine Bremer

(Reuters) – Buoyed by a wave of support for its firebrand presidential candidate, a renascent far-left movement in France could cause a headache for Socialist Francois Hollande if he wins the upcoming election by jostling for weight in his government.

With radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon riding a tide of popular support ahead of presidential and legislative elections, front-runner Hollande may be obliged to give the far left a government post and make policy concessions or see his centre-left agenda cramped by an unruly left-wing parliamentary group.

    • About Catherine

      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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      English, French, Spanish
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