French elections in images: Sarkozy drops in on crime victims and urges young supporters 'don't be afraid'

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and the milestone events. Here he follows President Nicolas Sarkozy on two contrasting campaign events, beginning with a speech attacking 'doctrinaire' and 'corporatist' magistrates who he accuses of ignoring the voice of victims of crime, and ending with an 8,000-strong rally of the youth movevement of his ruling UMP party.

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and the milestone events. The coverage will continue all the way to the final vote on May 6th.