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Latest update : 2012-02-07

'Nicolas and Angela - this time it's serious'

It's the Sarkozy-Merkel love-in that makes all the front pages here in France - after their big joint TV interview last night. But is Angela Merkel's support really an electoral boon for Nicolas Sarkozy?

Le Figaro congratulates Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel on their pact to stop François Hollande - saying his programme would put the euro in danger.

Unfortunately, it's exactly those measures that Germany doesn't like - like the 35-hour working week - that are popular with French voters, as l'Humanité points out.

Le Parisien has a poll Hollande will be happy to read - putting him ahead of Sarkozy even if Marine le Pen does not run.

Libération focuses further to the left - with a front page interview with far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

By Elena CASAS

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