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Nicolas Sarkozy announces presidential re-election bid

Nicolas Sarkozy is formally announcing his bid for a second term as French President on Wednesday evening, portraying himself as a reliable economic manager.

But he is trailing far behind socialist challenger Francois Hollande in the opinion polls, and no candidate has been so far behind so close to the vote and gone on to win.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Paris.

  • 15 Feb 2012
  • From the section Europe