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Sarkozy's chances fade two days before French runoff

People work at the television studio in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign between Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election, and Francois Hollande, Socialist party candidate, May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Franck Fife/Pool

People work at the television studio in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign between Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election,...more

People work at the television studio in La Plaine Saint-Denis, near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign between Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election, and Francois Hollande, Socialist party candidate, May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Franck Fife/Pool
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A two-way combo shows the names of the presidential candidates on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign at television studios in La Plaine Saint-Denis near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign between Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election, and Francois Hollande, the Socialist party candidate, May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Franck Fife/Pool

A two-way combo shows the names of the presidential candidates on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign at television studios in La Plaine Saint-Denis near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the...more

A two-way combo shows the names of the presidential candidates on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign at television studios in La Plaine Saint-Denis near Paris, on the eve of the televised debate for the 2012 French presidential election campaign between Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP party candidate for his re-election, and Francois Hollande, the Socialist party candidate, May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Franck Fife/Pool
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