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Latest update : 2012-02-17

French Presidential Election: Sarkozy enters the ring

It's game on - on Wednesday night, Nicolas Sarkozy finally announced he would indeed run for re-election. He now has only 66 days to regain a lot of ground in the polls on his Socialist rival François Hollande. So will Sarkozy's official announcement provide the much-needed boost? And how will the opposition respond?

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  • Jean-Marc Gonin, Senior Writer, Le Figaro Magazine;
  • Philip Turle, Journalist, RFI.

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