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Francois Hollande slams Nicolas Sarkozy at a campaign rally

French presidential election candidate Francois Hollande
French presidential election candidate Francois Hollande waves to supporters during a campaign rally Credit: AP Photo/David Vincent)

The frontrunner in the French presidential elections Francois Hollande has slammed President Nicolas Sarkozy at a campaign rally in Quimper, western France.

Mr Hollande told supporters: "The outgoing candidate, he always succeeds in convincing himself, through others. It reassures him. He does it by himself. And yesterday, he tried to make out what was a failure, to be a success.

"He was happy. He is like that. He also thinks his term was a success. More than 73 percent of the French think the opposite. But he continues to think that he must go on."

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Le Pen 'has enormous leverage' in French election run-off

by - Europe Editor

Judged by press attention, there was only one winner in France last night. Marine Le Pen was mobbed by television crews at an impromptu press conference today.

Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Le Pen has enormous leverage now. She is playing very hard to get over how she will advise supporters to vote in the second round.

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David Cameron's diplomatic faux pas?

by - Political Correspondent

The Prime Minister may find he has to eat the French equivalent humble pie in a couple of weeks time after the final round of voting in the French Presidential election.

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy
David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Back in February, he controversially backed the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, telling the newspaper Le Figaro: "Nicolas Sarkozy has my support. I say it clearly".

But the Socialist party leader Francois Hollande is now the favourite to win. More embarrassingly, it has emerged that Mr Cameron has never even met Monsieur Hollande. A diplomatic faux pas, perhaps?

Campaign manager: Hollande 'wants to offer a dream' to the French

Francois Hollande's campaign manager said the candidate "wants to offer a dream" to the French people but was aware of the financial constraints that could face them.

He wants to offer a dream, but he doesn't want to sell illusions to the French people.

Undeniably a first step toward change was taken yesterday.

– Pierre Moscovici told BFM TV
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