Nicolas Sarkozy hammers at François Hollande in live debate but fails to land killer blow
At least twenty million French – around half of the French electorate – tuned in to watch Mr Sarkozy fight for his political life and see whether he would make good his pledge to “atomise” his left-wing rival during the almost three-hour clash.
Trailing Mr Hollande in the polls by at least seven points ahead of Sunday's presidential runoff, this was the Right-winger's best hope of catching up to defy the odds.
But confounding rival claims that he is indecisive and soft, Hollande came across as confident and unusually combative, accusing Mr Sarkozy of dividing the French people for five years and using the global economic crisis as an excuse for failing to curb unemployment and debt. "With you it's very simple: it's never your fault," Mr Hollande said.
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"Nicolas Sarkozy hammers at François Hollande in live debate but fails to land killer blow", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 21/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/nicolas-sarkozy-hammers-at-francois-hollande-in-live-debate-but-fails-to-land-killer-blow