A poll, conducted by Ipsos, indicates that the center-right could win 41 per cent of the votes in the first round of the French general elections on 9 June (versus 39 per cent of votes for the Socialists). According to the same poll, the extreme-right Front National could win up to 12 per cent of the votes.
In the second round of the elections, Ipsos predicts a victory for the center-right by 53 per cent of the votes (versus 47 per cent for the left). Another poll, conducted by SOFRES on the night of Mr Chirac’s re-election, also indicated that the centre-right would win a majority in the parliament.
58 percent of those polled by Ipsos were not in favour of a new “cohabitation”. However, 41 per cent of participants said they might still change their mind about their vote.
According to political analysts, a strong Front National score in the first round could split the right’s vote in favour of the left.