French Prez Debate Gets Nasty

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.