Nearly 80 percent of French back Obama re-election

Seventy-eight percent of the French want US President Barack Obama to be reelected in Tuesday's vote, said a poll that showed that even a majority of extreme-right voters here backed the Democratic candidate.

Only five percent support his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to the opinion poll for BFMTV published on Monday. Seventeen percent said they had no preference.

Sixty-one percent of voters from the far-right, anti-immigrant National Front party headed by Marine Le Pen said they favoured Obama, while 14 percent backed Romney.

The poll was conducted by the CSA agency between October 31 and November 2 in which 975 people were surveyed.

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