PARIS - Facing a tough election fight in four months, French President Nicolas sarkozy kicked off the new year warning voters 2012 was "full of risks" and that France's future will hang in the balance. France entered an unpredictable election year on Sunday, with polls showing sarkozy 's main contender, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, leading in the race for the presidency. "What is happening in the world announces that 2012 will be a year full of risks but also full of possibilities. Full of hope, if we know how to face the challenges. Full of dangers, if we stand still," sarkozy said during the last New Year's Eve address of his first term.