Hmmm, I think Hollande might well regard the old crook's "support" with mixed feelings
He's actually become quite popular since leaving office and picking up a criminal conviction.
Though his defence lawyer said Chirac has a neurological condition, including memory loss, which prevented his attendance at the court case. Perhaps that explains his support for Hollande?
"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."
How on earth can the rightist former President get away with effectively advocating for the left candidate?
The mutual loathing between himself and Sarkozy makes the Heath-Thatcher relationship look like a love affair.
Quite so. I am curious that Sarkosy and Hollande at tied in the Ipsos-Mori poll on 27% in the first round (although it suggest Hollande will have a 16% lead in the second round which I find hard to believe). It is not that difficult ot envisage a set of circumstances unfolding which result in Sarkosy getting a second term.
As for Chirac, how many votes will his action actually shift to the socialist pile? Not many I would have thought. I think this one still has some way to run
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I have a feeling Chirac's intervention may well damage Sarkozy more than it benefits Hollande. UMP votes could go anywhere, I can;t imagine Hollande will pick up more than Bayrou. On the other hand, it might convince a few left-wing PS supporters to defect to Melenchon, who knows...
Little sign of any real impact in the polls. IFOP's rolling poll now has Sarkozy two up in the first and only 7 down in the second. Most others are still giving it Hollande in the first and by about 10 or 12 in the second.
"God knows I'm no Tory, and I never set eyes on a Whig yet without feeling the need of a bath..."