Sarkozy under Fire over Claims He Paid for Opinion Polls
Lichfield, John, The Independent (London, England)
Elysee Palace denies it financed surveys which the media ran as independent
President Nicolas Sarkozy has been embarrassed by revelations that his office paid for opinion polls which also appeared as independent surveys in newspapers or on television.
The main French opposition party, the Socialists - delighted to have an issue to distract from their own internal back-stabbing - has accused the President of "scandalous collusion" with parts of the media. The Elysee Palace, dismissing calls for a parliamentary inquiry, has rejected the cries of scandal as far-fetched.
"We order opinion polls. If newspapers buy the same ones, what can we do?" said M. …
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