Sarkozy fights off attacks in French primary debate

Nicolas Sarkozy (C), former French president and 2017 presidential candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains party, addresses reporters after a televised debateFormer French president Nicolas Sarkozy was targeted by all six of his rivals in a punchy televised debate of candidates seeking to clinch the right-wing nomination for next year’s election. In far sharper exchanges than during last month’s pedestrian first debate, Sarkozy came under fire for his record in office from 2007 to 2012 and spent much of the two hours on the defensive.

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