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Sarkozy, Juppe set for French presidential primary showdown

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Alain Juppe will face off Thursday in a televised debate ahead of a primary widely seen as the main battle for the presidency. The stakes are high in the race for the nomination of the main opposition Republicans party and its allies. Pollsters say whoever emerges victorious from the November 20-27 contest is likely to meet -- and defeat -- far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front in the second round of the election in May.
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