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France's Republican primary on knife edge

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>> French Republican candidates holding the final debate in their presidential primary. Polls say the front runner is one time prime minister Alain Juppe. But Sunday's first round vote is likely to be close. Fellow former prime minister Francois Fillon gaining ground on Juppe. And past President Nicholas Sarkozy still hoping to seal his comeback.
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> The next President will need to bring together the French people and for that to happen, our diversity, which must be respected, has to combine with a real sense of unity, unity around our values, the symbols of the republic, the flag, and the Marseillaise.
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Polls suggest that race will come down to a two way contest with National Front leader Marine Le Pen. The Socialists are far behind. Incumbent president Francois Hollande still hasn't decided if he'll run. Even if he does, rock bottom approval ratings mean he'll face an uphill battle. In the Republican primaries, Sarkozy has moved sharply to the right to counter Le Pen.
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Juppe is trying to sound more moderate.>>
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>> The second round of the primary contest due on November 27th. Polls suggest any of the Republicans should beat Le Pen to the presidency. But after the Brexit and Trump, few have much faith in pollsters. Many French are wondering if it's their turn to shock the world.