Provence & Côte d'Azur: Sarkozy and Hollande hold their last meetings today before the election on Sunday
Last election meetings in the south
After a heated and sharp-tongued debate on Wednesday evening, the two election candidates will rally together their supporters today before the final play-off on Sunday. Both candidates will be heading to southern regions this evening for their last chance to lure voters.
The first round of the election proved that the incumbent President is popular in the southern regions of France and it is presumptively the reason for why he is holding his last political meeting in the coastal town of Toulon. The Zénith in Toulon will open it's doors at 4pm for a rally at 5pm, and around 8,000 UMP supporters are expected to attend.
At the meeting, Sarkozy will welcome the presence of Bernadette Chirac, the wife of his predecessor who is also expected to give a small speech. He will be amongst UMP parliamentarians from the Var region as well as the Senator-Mayor of Toulon, Hubert Falco. It is almost certain that the candidate's wife, Carli Bruni, will also be there to give her support.
Sarkozy's rival, Hollande, will launch his last call for action today in Toulouse. The socialist candidate is following the footsteps of Francois Mitterand, who held his last presidential campaign in Toulouse in 1974. So far, Mitterand has been the only figure from the left to be elected President under the fifth Republic. The meeting will take place at the place du Capitole from 5pm.
Opinion polls predict that Hollande will outdo his UMP rival in the final round on Sunday.