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If ballotage in France, socialist Francois Holland leads presidential elections, says survey done previous France´s rating downgrade.

Europe Security News. Socialist Francois Hollande, candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks with supporters. Photo Credit By REGIS DUVIGNAU REUTERS

Friday 13th.- It must be said that the following survey was conducted before France´s rating was downgraded by Standard and Poors, today.

The Socialist candidate, François Hollande, holds a narrow lead of just two points on the current French President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the first round of presidential elections, but Hollande could increase his lead up to ten points if they both faced in the second round, according to a new survey released Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the firm OpinionWay opinion indicates that Hollande and Sarkozy are the favorites in the first round of elections scheduled for April 22, with 27 and 25 percent respectively.

However, in case both contend in the second round on May 6, Hollande would have a 55 per cent of the vote compared to 45 percent of the president, who, if anything, has increased by two points over the polls last December.

The survey, conducted among 1,060 people on 10 and January 11, gives 17 percent to far-right National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen (one point more than in December), and 15 percent centrist candidate Francois Bayrou .