SARKO TAKES FIRST ROUND POLL LEAD

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CH President Nicolas Sarkozy overtook socialist challenger Francois Hollande for the first time yesterday in an opinion poll on the first round of France’s April-May election after attacking the European Union’s trade and immigration policies. The conservative incumbent was still shown losing to Hollande in a second-round runoff, but by a narrower margin of nine points, down from 13 points a fortnight ago.