French await latest polls amid allegations of bias
A new wave of opinion polls on the French presidential elections is awaited with great impatience this week after the last series produced wide differences in the scores, raising renewed questions about the reliability and alleged bias of some polling organisations.
The disparities have produced questioning articles in the press and allegations, and denials, of bias in French blogs.
One poll showed that Francois Hollande maintained a seven-point first-round lead after President Nicolas Sarkozy entered the race two weeks ago. Two other polls, taken at about the same time, suggested Mr Sarkozy had closed the gap.
"Something is not right," said veteran pollster Roland Cayrol. The official French polling watchdog, La Commission des Sondages, says it sees no reason for concern at this stage. (© Independent News Service)