Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sego lays out her cards

Today Socialist candidate Segolene Royal reaffirmed her intention to welcome UDF Francois Bayrou into her ranks, saying that if he joined her presidential pact, she would name UDF party members to government ministries. Bayrou will speak tomorrow, but the French media says he is unlikely to make any decisions by then.

Royal also did some house cleaning, thanking "from the bottom of her heart" all the left-wing candidates who endorsed her following their own defeat in the first round. Nevertheless, it is too early to tell if all this maneuvering is shifting the polls. While a recent Sofres poll shows Royal at 49%, just 2 points away from Sarkozy, Ipsos continues to show a 7 point gap.

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