President Nicolas Sarkozy of France finished behind the Socialist presidential candidate, Francois Hollande, in the first round of voting for the presidency, and polls are predicting strong support for Hollande in the final vote two weeks from now.
Reuters reported Monday that Sarkozy was wooing far-right voters in an attempt to build support prior to the second round of voting, after he finished second to the Socialist candidate in a field of ten. Polls conducted after the votes were cast show that Hollande seems likely to appeal to more voters than Sarkozy in the second round, with a comfortable margin of victory predicted at 56%.
On issues of immigration and security, Sarkozy was taking a hard line in his quest to find more support among voters on the right. Hollande, however, was expected to pick up not only supporters of the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished fourth in the first round, but also a substantial number of supporters of centrist Francois Bayrou.