Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bayoru the Brave

UDF candidate Francois Bayrou has been greeted with some heartening poll numbers today. A full three quarters of the French believe that he is "courageous", 53% identify him as a centrist, and 46% think that Bayrou has proposed solutions for the country. Another 43% also found that Bayrou had a successful entrance into the campaign, far ahead of Le Pen's 32%, but still far behind Royal and Sarkozy.

As current trends continue, Bayrou is rapidly becoming the "third candidate", a position previously held by the National Front's Jean-Marie Le Pen. Despite Le Pen's strong showing several months ago, with 17% in one poll, he has recently seen his poll numbers shrink to 10% and below, while Bayrou has risen to double digits from a previous rut at 8%. Any new surprise candidate such as Chirac or a damaging scandal on either side of the aisle obviously has the potential to put Bayrou in the running, but for now he will remain a distant yet determined third.

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