Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Le Pen stays mum on signatures

National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen has refused to reveal how close he is to gathering the 500 signatures of elected officials needed to be on the presidential ballot in April. He has hinted that he has at least 400, although he would need more than 500 to ensure against last minute changes.

Le Pen decried the law as being "made very especially, in particular against me" and said that it is very difficult "to collect these sponsorships of mayors when one is a candidate who does not have a municipal establishment like the majority of the four great parties." Although he may be struggling right now, it is difficult to imagine Le Pen not receiving the required number of signatures in the end, especially considering his strong poll numbers.

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