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French elections: Main parties try to regain trust

3 May 2012 Last updated at 07:13 BST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his challenger Francois Hollande have traded insults in their only TV debate of the election campaign.

The president called Mr Hollande a "little slanderer", while his rival said Mr Sarkozy shirked responsibility.

But has the debate done anything to restore lost support in the main political parties? Christian Fraser has been talking to voters in Southern France.