Hollande increases lead
The Socialist candidate in the presidential election to take place in April, François Hollande, has increased his lead over incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hollande is now on 34% of the vote according to a poll by LH2 pollsters, up from 31%. Sarkozy is fractionally up from 25% to 25.5% whilst right wing candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front has dropped further to 15%. All other candidates have remained the same or fallen back slightly.
Sarkozy beats Hollande in only one area in the polls, he has a larger percentage of the vote with the over 65s (Hollande 30%; Sarkozy 38%). In every other area, Hollande has a commanding lead.
Voting intentions for a second round runoff show the two main candidates in a stable position. Hollande remains on 57% of the vote and Sarkozy on 43%.