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Thursday, May 3, 2012
France Elections: Sarkozy Expected To Lose Barring 'Completely Unforeseen Catastrophe'
PARIS -- Socialist candidate Francois Hollande appeared to solidify his chances at winning France's presidency Thursday after voters welcomed his strong showing in a debate against beleaguered incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hollande also won the support of a prominent centrist who came in fourth in the first round of presidential elections.
The conservative Sarkozy has trailed Hollande throughout the campaign in the polls and needed a knockout performance in Wednesday night's debate. Pollsters said the mild-mannered Hollande was surprisingly resilient in the bitter back-and-forths with his longtime rival.