Hollande hears 'anxiety' in French electorate
Socialist nominee Francois Hollande says he understands the 'anxiety' of those French who cast ballots by the millions for a far-right candidate in the presidential election's first round.
Hirson, France: Socialist nominee Francois Hollande says he understands the "anxiety" of those French who cast ballots by the millions for a far-right candidate in the presidential election's first round.
The 6.4 million French who voted for anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen in weekend balloting have emerged as potential kingmakers in the May 6 finale between Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hollande rallied supporters Tuesday by playing up his party's working-class roots in a postindustrial northern region where Le Pen won more votes than Sarkozy in the first round.
Hollande has focused on the frustration among some working-class and rural voters who backed Le Pen Sarkozy has tried to appeal to her supporters in part by stepping up calls to keep Europe's borders tight.
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