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French voters' views: Hazem Eseifan
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Hazem Eseifan
Name: Hazem Eseifan
Age: 33
Lives: Paris
Works: Analyst
Current voting intention: Undecided
I am a first-time voter, of Palestinian origin, and am truly undecided between Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Bayrou.

The only certainty I have at this stage is that I won't vote for Segolene Royal.

Her campaign has been vacuous, her policies are vague and she has no idea how to tackle the problems facing France.

As for Sarkozy, he makes solid sense on the economy, but to be honest, he scares me.

He seems too ambitious and willing to do anything to achieve what he wants.

As an immigrant I am angered by his proposal for a ministry of immigration and national identity. It's clearly a sop to the far right and an attempt to court Le Pen voters.

It also shows that he has gone too far to the right to appeal to certain voters.

FRENCH VOTERS' PANEL
Bayrou seems more appealing to centre-ground voters, but the problem for me is that he is too vague on policy.

He appears to be a softer, gentler version of Sarkozy, but he has not addressed the serious issues facing France.

The main issue for me, aside from the economy, is discrimination, which is a huge problem in France.

You can feel it in the air. Look at what happened in the Paris suburb riots or even in the Gare Du Nord a couple of weeks ago.

There is high unemployment in communities made up of people of ethnic origin because no one wants to give them a job. It's a powder keg.

Sarkozy is the only one to take it seriously, and even though I don't agree with his proposals on how to tackle the problem, even one bad proposal is better than none at all.

If Bayrou were to grab this issue, he would go a long way to getting my vote - and there are lots of undecided voters like me.

I will watch both candidates closely between now and election day. I would like to see Sarkozy softening up a bit and for Bayrou to sharpen up.






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