This content is not available in your region

France's presidential candidates go head to head

France's presidential candidates go head to head
Text size Aa Aa

The two candidates in France’s Presidential election have begun their only televised debate. The battle between conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal is expected to a decisive moment in the poll.

Analysts say it will go a long way to swaying undecided voters ahead of the second round of voting on Sunday.

In the first round on April the 22nd, Sarkozy won just over thirty one percent and Royal won close to twenty six percent of the vote.

Recent polls show Sarkozy still in the lead.

During the debate, both candidates will be trying to win over the seven million people who supported the centrist candidate defeated in the first round, Francois Bayrou.

The two candidates will also be seeking to influence those who supported far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Up to 20 million people are expected to tune in for the event.