Latest update: 06/01/2012
Sarkozy vs Hollande: a feisty New Year
The New Year - an election year, of course - has kicked off with tension between Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. According to newspaper Le Parisien, Hollande branded Sarkozy a "sale mec", which roughly translates as a nasty guy. Hollande says he had put himself in Sarkozy's shoes to say: "I'm a president who has failed for five years, I'm a nasty piece of work, but re-elect me because in these hard times, I am the only one who can do it."
By FRANCE 24
On the set:
- Philip Turle, journalist, RFI;
- Jean-Marc Gonin, senior writer, Le Figaro Magazine.