Hollande could benefit from Sarkozy's waning popularity, pummeled by rising unemployment and an uncertain economic future, the polls indicated.
Ten candidates will face off in Sunday's first-round presidential vote. If no candidate receives a majority, the top two candidates will compete in a run-off May 6. MarketWatch reported since Sarkozy and Hollande remain within seven or eight points of each other in preliminary voter polls, they will probably compete in a run-off.
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