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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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Marine Le Pen to abstain as she tells supporters 'vote as you wish'

France's far-right National Front candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen Credit: PA

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.

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