Sarkozy Closes Gap on Hollande

    France's incumbent president and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party candidate for the French 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy and France's First Lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy leave after a campaign meeting on April 29, 2012 in the southwestern city of Toulouse. The latest opinion poll published on Sunday by the LH2 institute for web portal Yahoo! forecast that Hollande would comfortably win the May 6 run-off by 54 percent of the vote to Sarkozy's 46, with the gap narrowing.   AFP PHOTO POOL / ERIC FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Looks like Sarko is in it to win it. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is picking up steam in his race to catch up to socialist rival François Hollande, a new poll showed Monday, giving the incumbent 47 percent of the vote. That’s only a 1 percent increase over a poll taken after first-round elections a week ago, but it may show a gain in momentum for the president as the two candidates scramble for every vote. Poll data show that Sarkozy is gaining support from centrists, picking up voters who chose François Bayrou in the first round of the election.

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