Several prominent public figures have weighed into the election just shy of two weeks before the first round of voting.
Yesterday Bernard Tapie, who was a Minister of City Affairs under a Socialist Prime Minister and President, said publicly that Socialist candidate Segolene Royal "lacks experience." He then complimented Nicolas Sarkozy for campaigning with the moderate minister Jean-Louis Borloo, saying "It is a good balance and a beautiful complementarity between repression and the prevention and the insurance of a public utility."
Today former tennis star Yannick Noah affirmed his strong support for Segolene Royal. With regard to a Sarkozy victory, Noah said:
I will be deeply disappointed. For me, for all the immigrant workers, all people who are obliged with the daily newspaper to prove that they are French."