UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has likely just won over a very small and inconsequential group of French voters: Olympic athletes.
Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has recently echoed former challenger Francois Bayrou in saying that a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing is possible if China does not act to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, something not done since the US and Soviet Union held their respective boycotts during the Cold War. While Nicolas Sarkozy has also said that China and Sudan must do more to promote human rights, he has also said that he would not boycott the Olympic games.
"We have the duty - I don't say right - the duty to ask questions of the status of political prisoners, of democracy. (...) I consider that the sporting event is going to bring an extraordinary breath of freedom and that China will be forced to change."
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