Sarkozy's hardline bet risks backfiring in French election

By Ingrid Melander
| PARIS

PARIS He is rousing crowds at campaign rallies with fiery speeches warning of the dangers of immigration while losing ground in opinion polls – Nicolas Sarkozy’s law-and-order platform pleases core supporters but is backfiring with French voters. The combative former president began a re-election bid in late August, stealing much of the limelight from rivals as he tapped into voters’ concerns over Islamist attacks and Europe’s refugee crisis. Six weeks later, and with six weeks to go before the primaries that will decide who gets the conservatives’ ticket for the April 2017 presidential election, opinion polls show him losing support with voters overall and among supporters of his Les Republicains party.”It’s paradoxical because his strategy of veering to the right is in line with how French society is evolving and it should work, but it doesn’t,” said Francois Miquet-Marty of Viavoice pollsters.There are two main …
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