Why Nicolas Sarkozy will lose the presidential election

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Everything is now set in place for Nicolas Sarkozy to lose the 2012 presidential elections, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, who says his performance on French television this week confirmed the picture presented since the president finally announced his re-election bid in early February. Just like outgoing French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1981, he will fail to be re-elected, and essentially for two reasons.

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Everything is now set in place for Nicolas Sarkozy to lose the 2012 presidential elections.