Published in Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche, the poll shows Sarkozy would still lose, but by 46 percent to Hollande’s 54 percent — compared with 57-43 percent in the weekly’s previous poll in November.
Sarkozy hasn’t yet announced whether he will run, but most political observers believe he will. Most recent polls show that he would qualify for the May 6 finale of the election after the April 22 first-round vote.
The IFOP agency conducted the poll from Jan. 4-6, questioning 1,163 pre-selected participants who were considered to be representative of a cross-section of French voters. No margin of error was given.