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May 2, 2012

French presidential rivals to face off in TV debate

PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy faces Francois
Hollande in a “moment of truth” television debate on Wednesday
that could be the French president’s last chance to avoid defeat
at the hands of his Socialist challenger in Sunday’s election
runoff.

The conservative president and his centre-left rival have
been at each other’s throats for months, with Sarkozy accusing
Hollande of being incompetent and a liar, and Hollande calling
the incumbent a “failed president” and “a nasty piece of work”.

May 1, 2012

French presidential rivals in last ditch TV debate

PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy faces Francois
Hollande in a “moment of truth” television debate on Wednesday
that could be the French president’s last chance to avoid defeat
at the hands of his socialist challenger in Sunday’s election
runoff.

The conservative president and his centre-left rival have
been at each other’s throats for months, with Sarkozy accusing
Hollande of being incompetent and a liar and Hollande calling
the incumbent a “failed president” and “a nasty piece of work”.

Apr 30, 2012

Hands-free Hollande cruises into French runoff

PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) – A resurgent French far-right is
playing into the hands of Socialist presidential candidate
Francois Hollande, who is cruising into Sunday’s runoff vote
freed of having to make concessions to a weakened hard left.

Hollande no longer needs to risk losing centrist votes by
appealing to hard-left voters after their candidate faded in the
first round. By contrast, a campaign by incumbent Nicolas
Sarkozy to win back conservative voters after a strong far-right
showing seems to be failing.

Apr 29, 2012

Sarkozy on defensive in bitter final election battle

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for tougher borders and a stronger national identity on Sunday and accused the left of petty slander as he struggled to catch up with his Socialist rival a week before a presidential runoff.

Sarkozy, who lags his centre-left challenger Francois Hollande by 10 points in opinion polls for the May 6 vote, hammered home a message aimed at the nearly one-in-five far-right voters whose support he needs to win a second term.

Apr 26, 2012

French far right leaves door ajar for Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that leaders across Europe were awaiting his election to back away from German-inspired austerity, and he welcomed a call by ECB President Mario Draghi for a growth pact.

Hollande says a budget discipline treaty signed by 25 EU leaders in March would plunge Europe into a deep recession.

Apr 25, 2012

Europe awaiting France to temper austerity: Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that leaders across Europe were awaiting his election to back away from German-inspired austerity, and he welcomed a call by ECB President Mario Draghi for a growth pact.

Hollande says a budget discipline treaty signed by 25 EU leaders in March would plunge Europe into a deep recession.

Apr 25, 2012

France’s Sarkozy rules out deal with far-right

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy ruled out any deal with the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, backed by nearly a fifth of voters in a presidential election first round, to give them cabinet jobs or help them win seats in parliament.

An opinion poll showed two-thirds of Sarkozy supporters want him to break with past policy and strike an alliance with the Front after Le Pen’s 17.9 percent score on Sunday made her 6.4 million backers key to a May 6 presidential runoff.

Apr 25, 2012

Sarkozy rules out deal with far-right

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy ruled out any deal with the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, backed by nearly a fifth of voters in a presidential election first round, to give them cabinet jobs or help them win seats in parliament.

An opinion poll showed two-thirds of Sarkozy supporters want him to break with past policy and strike an alliance with the Front after Le Pen’s 17.9 percent score on Sunday made her 6.4 million backers key to a May 6 presidential runoff.

Apr 23, 2012

Analysis: Sarkozy’s odds improve but remain against him

By Catherine Bremer

(Reuters) – Strong support for far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s presidential election has lifted Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of clinching a second term, but he will struggle to win over enough of her voters to keep him in power.

Surveys show fewer National Front voters will rally behind the conservative Sarkozy in a runoff vote than did in the 2007 election, and as he shifts further rightwards on immigration and Europe he risks alienating the centrist voters he also needs.

Apr 22, 2012

Dazzle fades as Sarkozy depends on far right

PARIS (Reuters) – Five years after his passionate promises to shake up France and put more money in workers’ pockets swept him to power, Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting for his political life.

The most unpopular French president to seek re-election, Sarkozy came second to Socialist Francois Hollande in Sunday’s first-round vote but the big surprise was a record 19 percent score for far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

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      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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