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Even the leading candidates sense that democracy will not be served if Ms. Le Pen, with her considerable following, is not present in the election.
Several polling firms already have sounded the electorate to gauge what Ms. Le Pen’s absence would mean for other candidates. Conclusion: The overall turnout rate would fall and Mr. Sarkozy would profit most from new votes.
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