France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during an interview on French national television in Paris.
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during an interview on French national television in Paris. Reuters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday he would quit politics if he loses the upcoming April-May presidential elections.

Sarkozy is lagging behind his rival Francois Hollande after the Socialist candidate widened his lead this week advancing 2 points to 30 percent support for the April 22 election first round.

I worry when I look at the Socialist candidate's program ... and I worry about this dearth of experience in such a troubled period. But if the French people do not put their faith in me, do you really think I would carry on in politics? The answer is no, Sarkozy told RMC radio, Reuters reported.

I will fight with all my strength to win your confidence, to protect and lead you and build a strong France, but if that is not your choice I will bow out, that's the way it is, and I will have had a great life in politics.

The latest poll by analysts CSA, saw Hollande beating Sarkozy by 56 percent to 44 percent in a May 6 runoff, France 24 reported.

The French Ppremier said during a three-hour televised debate this week that one of his abiding qualities was is that he never gives up.

The Sarkozy campaign began in mid-February, several weeks after Hollande launched his bid for the presidency.

Sarkozy has adopted a strategy of unveiling his ideas week by week, so far announcing a new minimum tax on company profits, compulsory training programs for the unemployed and policy referendums.

The French President took a controversial stance on immigration earlier this week, announcing France had too many foreigners.

We have too many strangers on our territory. We are unable to accommodate them with a job, schooling, or housing. Our system risks becoming paralyzed, turning into a ghetto, he said during the France 2 television interview.

He added that to jump-start the integration system, France should halve the number of immigrant entries from 180,000 to about 100,000 entries per year.