1. POLLS

    Sarkozy Gains Little From Shootings

    France's incumbent President and UMP ruling candidate for 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech in Strasbourg, eastern France, on March 22, 2012 during a campaign meeting. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

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    French President Nicolas Sarkozy rose in favorability polls for the way he dealt with the shootings in France this month, but that same good work has done little to help him as a candidate. As a contentious election season in France continues, Sarkozy has struggled to gain on frontrunner François Hollande, the Socialist candidate who leads by about 8 percentage points. The economy, experts said, is trumping everything else in the minds of French voters. Last month, the number of job seekers in France rose to 2.87 million, the highest number in 12 years.

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