Going head to head to secure a nomination and run for French President. The seven candidates hoping to get the center-right ticket in the first American-style televised debate of the campaign. An early poll indicating that former Prime Minister, Alain Juppe, came out on top.>> That's what I want to do, strengthen what we share, values, Republican values, our language, equality between men and women.
That's what I think characterizes what I have called for in the past. A form of French identity which tomorrow will be a happy identity.>> Juppe getting the thumbs up from 32% of those who said they'd be voting in the primaries, former president Nicolas Sarkozy convincing 27%. Sarkozy held the top job from 2007 to 2012 and now faces investigations into alleged corruption and fraud, many of his rivals questioning why this time round would be any different.
> There'll be another two televised debates to help voters make up their minds but the first round of the primaries at the end of November and consensus is the winner of this battle will go all the way.