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Sarkozy's campaign appeal

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 02:21

April 20 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy rallies his supporters at his last campaign meeting before Sunday's presidential vote. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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A final rally in Nice for French President Nicholas Sarkozy. On Sunday voters in France head to the polls for the first round of presidential elections, with Sarkozy running neck and neck with his socialist challenger. Sarkozy spoke of the historic choice faced by the French. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY SAYING: "For us, France is at a historic moment. France cannot make a mistake. France has to choose, and it has to choose now. It's not about making people scared, as I've heard said. It's not about choosing sides. It's not about picking enemies. It's about deciding according to the future that you want for your country, for your family, and for your children. It's you!" He called on his supporters to get out and vote. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY SAYING: "Unite! Mobilise! Stand up for yourselves! Make yourselves heard! Don't let people silence you! Insist on victory! Come en masse on Sunday! Bring your ballot papers! Make our victory happen! Because we need everyone, because the forces gathered against us are so great that only the French people are able to say that the choice that they've made is for a strong France. Long live the Republic, and long live France." Polls show Sarkozy trailing for the second round which will be held May 6. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SARKOZY SUPPORTER SAYING: "We don't believe the opinion polls for even one second, and I am full out for Nicolas Sarkozy, and he will win. I am a 100 percent convinced." A swathe of final polls published on Friday mostly showed Sarkozy's support eroding. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Sarkozy's campaign appeal

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 02:21