French rivals clash on TV

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Francois Hollande clashed repeatedly in their only television debate but the conservative incumbent failed to land a knockout blow to shake his challenger's lead for Sunday's runoff.

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Le Pen refuses to endorse presidential candidate

National Front leader Marine Le Pen Credit: ITV News

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has addressed a rally in Paris. She told her voters to make their own choice in the May 6th presidential election runoff. The two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - have been competing for the votes of her supporters.

Marine Le Pen addressing crowds in Paris Credit: ITV News

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Sarkozy narrows the gap in a French presidential poll

by - Europe Editor

An IFOP poll published this evening shows Nicolas Sarkozy is now just 4% behind Francois Hollande: 52-48%.

He has gained two points in 24 hours - and the gap is now within the margin of error.

It seems the late momentum is all with Sarkozy. It seems the public responded well to his 'presidential' debating style versus the more aggressive Hollande.

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