French Prez Debate Gets Nasty

    France's opposition Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Francois Hollande (C) anwsers journalists' questions as he visits Eurotunnel during a campaign visit, on March 27, 2012 in Calais, northern France. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Think the GOP primary debates were bloody? Wednesday night's faceoff between conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy and his socialist opponent, François Hollande, was a three-hour shouting match in which the moderators looked on helplessly as the two men shouted, interrupted and called one another names. Sarkozy repeatedly told Hollande he would "teach" him lessons on economics, and at one point told him, "Thank you for your arrogance." In another heated moment, the president burst out, “That’s a lie, it’s a calumny, you are a little calumniator, saying that.” Polls of French viewers showed an even opinion of the candidates performances, not the clear victory many analysts believe Sarkozy needs to overcome his deficit in the polls in Sunday's final round of voting.

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