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March 30, 2023

Le Pen set to join presidential race

Sarkozy, who leads in the polls, denies taking money from Gadhafi.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she has secured the support of 500 elected officials necessary to stand in the French presidential election, the BBC informs. The National Front candidate, who is third in the opinion polls, said last week she was struggling to find enough endorsements to enable her to stand.The latest poll released yesterday by Ifop, puts President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead for the first time in the campaign. But it gives Socialist rival Francois Hollande victory in the second round. According to the poll, for Europe 1 and Paris Match, Mr Sarkozy would win 28.5% of the vote in the first round on 22 April, while Mr Hollande gets 27% and Ms Le Pen 16%. Centrist candidate Francois Bayrou is on 13%. But it suggested that Mr Hollande would win the second round in May by a margin of 54.5% to 45.5%. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied taking money from the Gadhafi family during his 2007 run for France’s highest office, calling the allegation “grotesque”, CNN informs.  He said the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was “known for talking nonsense,” and challenged his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi to produce records of the donations.

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