French presidential candidates Hollande and Sarkozy clash in television debate.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande go head-to-head in the only televised debate before Sunday's vote.
It would take almost all of those who backed Le Pen to switch to Sarkozy in order for him to win - and he’s not going to get them.
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has told supporters to vote as they wish in this weekend's presidential elections saying: "You are free citizens". She chose not to endorse Nicholas Sarkozy, but stopped short of urging her supporters to do the same.
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.
Far Right leader Marine Le Pen has told supporters in France to vote as they wish. She said: "You are free citizens", not endorsing Sarkozy.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni cast their votes in Paris in the first round of France's presidential election today.
But as jobless claims hit a 12 year high in the country, economic despair looks likely to make Sarkozy the first president to lose a fight for re-election in more than 30 years.
Francois Hollande - 1/10
Nicolas Sarkozy - 9/2
Marine Le Pen - 33/1
Francois Bayrou - 100/1
Jean-Luc Mélenchon - 100/1
Odds from William Hill.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has made an impassioned plea for five more years at a final rally before the first round of voting.