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'Painful' economic choices for future French president

It is just four days now until the first round of the French presidential election and Nicolas Sarkozy has been trailing in the opinion polls.

The big issue is the parlous state of the economy and even in prosperous regions, the strain is starting to show.

Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from the city of Nantes.

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