National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen is predicting a repeat of last election, when he was able to beat the odds and make it into the second round of voting. This time, however, Le Pen expects that dissention on the right will harm Sarkozy, creating a runoff of Le Pen vs. Segolene Royal.
In this runoff, he says that the French will have "the choice between two radically irreconcilable options...participative socialism (or) the reconquest of sovereignty, of the independence of French prosperity." And as always, he expects to win.
Nevertheless, Le Pen still concedes that he is roughly 100 signatures short of the 500 required to be on the presidential ballot. It is doubtful that he would end up coming up short, but still a possibility.
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