President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses a rally after the first round election in Paris, France (photo: dpa)

French elections: Nicolas Sarkozy pleads with public for support

Nicolas Sarkozy very likely underestimated the quiet charisma and public appeal of his opponent Francois Hollande who has won the first round of the French presidential elections held on Sunday, April 22. Mr Sarkozy is now planning to seduce far right and centrist voters to back him in the second and decisive round on May 6 – or face losing his presidential seat. For ‘the love of the motherland’ support me, he begged the voting public after the election results.

NICOLAS Sarkozy is today in a difficult position having polled just 27 per cent of the votes in the first round presidential election on Sunday, April 22, 2012. He is lagging behind Socialist Francois Hollande by 1.6 percent...

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
This is a blow to Mr Sarkozy who opinion polls show is the most unpopular French president to run for re-election
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