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Sarkozy's risky right turn

Nicolas Sarkozy tacks to the right again to try to make up the gap in the polls, this time by announcing a crackdown on halal meat, which he wants clearly labelled so you cannot buy it by accident. According to the outgoing president, this is a key preoccupation of French voters.

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Le Figaro says the president is just returning to the same campaign themes that won him the 2007 election - while Le Monde says he's playing his last card in a debate he's just not winning.

La Croix focuses on anger in the Muslim and Jewish communities at what they say is stigmatisation - while Le Parisien points out that Sarkozy is lower in the polls than ever, so populist doesn't necessarily mean popular.

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