Quite the scrap! Name calling, repeated accusations of lying, relentlessly interrupting each other, man. From the New York Times, capturing some of the above:
Mr. Sarkozy, exasperated at one charge of partisanship, burst out: “That’s a lie, it’s a calumny, you are a little calumniator, saying that.” And at one point, he said to Mr. Hollande: “Thank you for your arrogance.”The election is on Sunday. Aren't they brave to have a debate on the Wednesday of the same week? We're not that brave.
Mr. Hollande attacked the president for political partisanship, and Mr. Sarkozy fiercely responded, “I will take no lessons from a political party who wanted with enthusiasm to come together behind Dominique Strauss-Kahn.” He accused Mr. Hollande, who had run the Socialist Party, of being Pontius Pilate when he claimed not to have known of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s sexual predilections. Mr. Hollande said that it was Mr. Sarkozy who nominated Mr. Strauss-Kahn as director of the International Monetary Fund.
The debate went on passionately for nearly three hours, with the two television journalists who were to moderate it looking nearly paralyzed as the insults and interruptions flew between the two men, each 57, each dressed in a dark blue suit, white shirt and dark blue tie.
Hollande is ahead in the polls by about 7 points...but, well, Alberta.