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French presidential candidates face off in debate

 French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande greets supporters during a meeting in Nevers,  Tuesday, May 1,...
 French President and conservative candidate for re-election in the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a camp...
 French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers his speech during a meeting in Nevers, France Tuesday...

France Presidential Elections

French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande greets supporters during a meeting in Nevers, Tuesday, May 1,...

France Presidential Election

French President and conservative candidate for re-election in the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a camp...

France Presidential Elections

French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers his speech during a meeting in Nevers, France Tuesday...

France's two presidential contenders are to face off in a nationally televised debate, preceded by the kind of dramatic build-up normally reserved for a heavyweight boxing championship.
The two-and-a-half-hour prime-time debate between rightwing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and his leftwing challenger Francois Hollande is billed in newspaper headlines Wednesday as "The Last Duel" and "The Final Confrontation," providing a sense of suspense in a campaign that, if polls are right, has lacked it from the beginning.
Surveys continue to predict that Hollande will defeat the divisive Sarkozy in Sunday's decisive presidential runoff. Experts say past debates have never swung a French election, regardless of who comes off better in the televised showdown.


Updated : 2021-03-08 06:45 GMT+08:00