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Bayrou Reshapes French Presidential Race

The French presidential election is no longer the simple two-horse race that political pundits had predicted, as a third candidate, Francois Bayrou, has shot up in the polls.

Bayrou, who calls himself a centrist, is running just behind the Conservative and Socialist candidates.

Observers say many French voters are rejecting the front-runners; if Bayrou can beat one of them April 22, polls show he may well defeat the other in the second round of voting to become the next president of France.


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