The two candidates scrapping for the French presidency have been holding their last campaign rallies before Sunday’s crucial vote. In Montpellier Nicolas Sarkozy had France’s current first lady Bernadette Chirac in the front row.
“…The people who became discouraged and who only voted because it was their right, and who had abstained from it more and more…have risen up and taken back control and said ‘I will never let anyone else decide for me.’ That’s the message of the first round,” said Sarkozy
His rival, the socialist Segolène Royal was in Lille for her last showcase speech. With a 47 to 53 percent deficit according to one leading poll, she urged her supporters to keep campaigning until the very end:
“You’ve mobilised to put an end to an out-dated system that has aggravated inequalities across the board,” she told them. “It’s urgent we invent a new France.”
“My campaign team is you! It’s each one of you. It’s you who can bring the people to us. It’s you who started this movement of the people.”
Two more days remain for the candidates to convince the last undecided voters. Two more days until one of them is announced as President.