French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces uphill battle for reelection

May 3, 2012

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy (above) faces an uphill battle for reelection this Sunday against Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande.

This weekend France is set to elect its next president. The race remains tight with Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande only slightly ahead of current president Nicolas Sarkozy. Last night, the two faced off in a three-hour debate, during which both candidates heaped on personal attacks and accusations of lying. Sarkozy did not lose the debate, but observers believe he likely didn't hold up well enough to make up his six point lag in the polls.

Sophie Meunier, co-director of the EU program at Princeton University, joins Worldview to discuss the election and what issues are at stake for voters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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