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Latest update : 2012-01-02

Presidential election: Sarkozy rival makes surprise run

Dominique de Villepin - the flamboyant Gaullist, the man who emphatically said no to the war in Iraq, and the nemesis of Nicolas Sarkozy - took everyone by surprise this week by announcing he would run for president. Meanwhile, Socialist favourite François Hollande is struggling to position himself on the euro crisis and on a growing financial scandal engulfing his own party.

On the set:

  • Denis DEMONPION, Senior writer, Le Nouvel Observateur Magazine;
  • Philip TURLE, Journalist, RFI. 

By FRANCE 24

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