French Prez Polls: Le Pen torpedoes Sarkozy’s hopes

Le Pen said "I will cast a blank ballot" and said she can`t endorse Sarkozy or Socialist challenger Francois Hollande.

Zeenews Bureau

Paris: In what seemed to knock down Nicholas Sarkozy’s dwindling hopes, French far right leader Le Pen on Tuesday rejected his bid to woo her voters.
Le Pen said to a rally in Paris that she would cast a blank ballot in the runoff on May 6 as she couldn’t support either of the presidential candidates.

Le Pen, who came in a strong third place in the first round of voting April 22, told her supporters to "vote according to your conscience."

In a big rally in Paris today, she assailed conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has borrowed some of Le Pen`s rhetoric about immigrants and Muslims in his campaign.

Nicholas Sarkozy staged a huge election rally trying to woo Le Pen’s share of far right voters. Sarkozy addressed a cheering crowd in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower at Trocadero.

"I say this to the unions. Put down the red flag and serve France!" Sarkozy declared, as supporters waved France`s tricolour banner.

Hollande, who campaigned outside Paris, attacked Sarkozy by saying he was trying to divide France. Hollande, who according to the polls, is slated to win the runoff, said he hoped to be successor to France`s last Socialist president Francois Mitterrand.

With PTI inputs

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