SARKO TAKES FIRST ROUND POLL LEAD

FRENCH 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.