Socialist Francois Hollande is Nicolas Sarkozy's main rival for the presidential seat (photo: dpa)

French presidential election: The politics of illusion - Sarkozy and Hollande

Are the two French presidential frontrunners, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande confronting the real issues of their country as they head, almost neck and neck, towards the first round of France's presidential elections on April 22? It is questionable, writes GIS expert Dr Emmanuel Martin, who examines the pledges of each candidate as the election campaign officially gets under way.

THE French presidential elections have become a two-man race. And financial markets, still shaky over the ever-present eurozone crisis, are scrutinising the contenders’ election pledges, concerned over their substance and questioning whether either contender would manage a debt burden that is still gr...

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Mr Sarkozy’s message to the electorate is that he is the man with leadership gravitas and will protect his people in a time of uncertainty and crisis while cutting France’s swelling debt
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