"The shock announcement that's reset the campaign"?

Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he wants to renegotiate the Schengen treaty - to widespread surprise, accusations of populism, and, yes, some support.


Les Echos explains this isn't necessarily a shocking announcement in terms of content. But it's Sarkozy's threat that France will act unilaterally of Europe: this doesn't really break with tradition.

According to Le Figaro, Sarkozy is restoring France to its rightful place at the heart of Europe by trying to defend its borders - but for Libération, it's a populist improvisation.

Le Parisien looks at whether candidates are practising what they preach - is their campaign merchandise "made in France"?

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