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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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Francois Hollande supporters rally in Toulouse

Rally in Toulouse Credit: Mark Nelson/ITV News

Supporters of the French presidential candidate Francois Hollande gathered at a rally in Toulouse in southern France today.

The Socialist party leader is ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy in opinion polls by six to 10 points. Both leaders are battling for votes ahead of Sunday's decisive runoff election.

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