France gears up for presidential election debate

STORY: Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face each-other in a traditional second round debate before the French head to the polls on Sunday (April 24).

Only four days before the vote, Macron seems in a more comfortable position than Le Pen and seen as winning the election run-off with 54% of the vote, according to pollster Harris Interactive.

But the two-hour TV debate which starts at 1900 GMT on Wednesday evening is the highlight of the campaign, for many voters, and an event not to be missed.

Speaking ahead of the debate, lead researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research Isabelle Veyrat-Masson said that candidates who appear to win second round TV debates are always those who are leading in the polls.

Voters in Paris said they would be tuning into Wednesday's debate, describing it as a "boxing match" and a "war of words."

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