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France 2012 elections: Far-right's shadow looms over run-off

The pollsters did not see it coming. So how will the far-right’s strong show in the first round of the French presidential election weigh on the final outcome? François Picard’s panel argues over Nicolas Sarkozy’s ability to drain enough of the votes to rally and win.

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  • Jamey Keaten, Paris Correspondent, Associated Press;
  • Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Columnist, Sunday Telegraph;
  • Julia Cagé, Economist, Paris School of Economics - Terra Nova;
  • Jim Shields, Political scientist, Author of "The Extreme Right in France From Pétain to Le Pen".

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    Programme prepared and produced by Wassim Nasr, Anelise Borges and Mary Colombel

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