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Topic - Gael Sliman
France's two presidential candidates held a spirited televised debate — the only one before Sunday's vote — but a pollster said Thursday that incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy did not pull off the clear victory that he needed to win re-election.
"Now the campaign is pretty much finished," Gael Sliman, a pollster at BVA agency, told the Associated Press. "With the exception of a completely unforeseen catastrophe in the next 48 hours, Francois Hollande is going to win the presidential election in France."
"Even the French who don't like him or voted for him say Nicolas Sarkozy is courageous, is someone who has authority," said Sliman, the pollster. "Yet during the debate, he indeed had many ticks, he was sometimes ... giving the impression of someone lost."