Sarkozy may go at the first hurdle

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The Independent Online

Yet another opinion poll has shown that French President Nicolas Sarkozy could be eliminated in the first round of a 2012 presidential election, leaving a left-wing rival and the far right to fight it out in a run-off.

The new poll, by Ipsos Logica, came out on Sunday, when Mr Sarkozy's UMP party was routed in local elections in half the country, winning only 20.2 per cent of the vote against the opposition Socialist Party's 35.7 per cent. Sunday's election was the last big test of voter sentiment before the April 2012 election.