Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Happy Debate Day

Tonight from 9:00pm to 11:00pm Socialist candidate Segolene Royal and UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy will debate on live French television, but before the debate, they have ensured that almost every little detail is accounted for.

The two candidates will be seated facing each other, two meters apart, and at a wood and plexiglass table to reduce reflections. A full 12 cameramen will be filming the event. Each candidate will bring his or her own makeup crew. Just as voting day neared a record turnout, the number of viewers of this debate might do the same. The current record for viewers of a French presidential debate is 1974, when 25 million people tuned in to watch Francois Mitterrand and Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Taking a population of 64 million, that would mean almost 2 in 5 French need to watch it to break the record.

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