Global financial markets would feel a Sarkozy defeat

If French President Nicolas Sarkozy is defeated in his bid for re-election, which increasingly seems likely, the sudden political shift is expected to unnerve financial markets, already uncomfortable about the size of the nation's debt, and strain relations with longtime ally Germany. Sarkozy's leading challenger, centrist Socialist Francois Hollande, said that if he is elected, his first official visit will be to Germany.

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