After a full day of courting Francois Bayrou's voters, fortunes may just be moving slightly in Segolene Royal's favor. According to a new Ipsos poll taken yesterday, 38% of Bayrou's voters would vote for Royal, compared to 35% for Sarkozy, and 27% abstention. Most previous polls showed Nicolas Sarkozy had the slight edge, so with this reversal, we will have to wait and see if anything changed in the general runoff polls.
Co-founder of Doctor's Without Border's Bernard Kouchner, who praised the idea of an alliance between the PS and UDF before the election, has said that Royal's proposition of a dialogue with Bayrou is historically important for the Socialist Party.
That, this is a historic movement in the French Socialist Party, this opening, because all the other European social democratic parties have nod this, they have opened, they have accepted the regulated market economy, while controlling it, and it is this alliance which made Europe."
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