Summary Box: Rivals fight over France's economy

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Posted: May 04, 2012 5:05 PM
Summary Box: Rivals fight over France's economy

THE RACE: France's presidential election on Sunday pits Nicolas Sarkozy against Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, and a change in leadership could raise questions about France's commitment to cost-cutting.

THE INCUMBENT: Sarkozy rose to power on promises of sweeping economic and labor reforms, but any optimism surrounding his victory five years ago has been replaced by cynicism and recriminations.

THE CHALLENGER: Hollande, whom polls are predicting could win the presidency by a margin of several points, has hounded Sarkozy for his handling of the country's economy and has already exploited the mounting backlash against austerity to push a strong pro-growth agenda.