Both Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy have made the rounds on French TV tonight, addressing the delicate issue of Francois Bayrou and the UDF.
Royal appeared on the France 2 show "A vous de juger", again asking for a debate with Bayrou, and showing remarkable respect for a man who just absolutely criticized her economic plans during a press conference earlier today.
He is a man of the right but he has moved. Over the course of this campaign he has understood a certain number of things and values comprised in my presidential pact. I don't aim to seduce, I aim to gather. There are good ideas to take everywhere. Opening my hand to Mr. Bayrou seems to me a responsible step, respectful to the voters and useful for France."
Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on TF1, refusing the proposition of a debate by Bayrou, but saying that he is ready for dialogue.
"The debate of the second round, it is Mrs. Royal and Mr. Sarkozy. Here are what they have, said the French. In a soccer competition, there is a final. The final is between number 1 and number 2. Number 3, he does another thing but he is not in the final.
For the remainder, I remain a man of dialogue, listening and openness. If Mr. Bayrou wishes that we work, that we reflect, that I listen to, I will readily do it in a form which remains to be determined. For my part I am very open."
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