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.

hidden April 24, 2012 21:23:17 IST
Hollande hears 'anxiety' in French electorate

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 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. AP

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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