CAIRO - A sweeping majority of Muslim voters in France cast ballot for Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in the run-off election, a new survey has found, the Business Insider reported Tuesday, May 8.
"It is the mark of a true rejection of Nicolas Sarkozy" said Julien Goarant, research director at Opinionway.
Hollande defeated his right-wing incumbent Sarkozy with 52 percent in Sunday's runoff vote.
A survey of 10,000 voters conducted by Opinionway for Le Figaro showed that 93 percent of Muslims voted for Hollande in the runoff.
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Another poll put the Muslim support for the Socialist candidate at 85 percent.
The percentage is much higher than the first round when 59 percent of Muslim voters cast ballot for Hollande.
Sarkozy only got 4 percent of Muslim votes in that round.
Another survey for La Vie found that 79 percent of Catholics voted for Sarkozy in the runoff.
Hollande got only 21 percent of the Catholic votes.
However, the Socialist candidate won wide support among those describing themselves as without religion as 70 percent of them voted for him, according to Le Figaro.
Sarkozy has drawn the ire from French Muslims, estimated at six million, over a series of measures targeting their community.
He has toned up his rhetoric against Muslim immigration, an effort to win far-right votes.
Sarkozy has also expelled a number of imams following a spate of killing in Toulouse on claims of inciting hatred.
Muslim leaders have distanced themselves from the killing, saying such atrocities run counter to the Islamic teachings.
In 2010, Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party launched a debate on the role of Islam in secular France.He has also banned the Muslim hijab in schools and face-veil in public.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net