by An American in London
Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 08:02:33 AM EST
Today; Reuters reported a 'dustup' between Sarkozy and Bayrou.What will it mean to Royal's campaign for the Bayrou's voters and if the story gains traction; will it remind the French electorate of the 'despot like' traits of Sarkozy?
France's Sarkozy in Furor Over Axed TV Debate
PARIS (Reuters) - France's rightwing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy was embroiled in a free speech row on Friday after a defeated candidate accused him of stifling a televised election debate.
Francois Bayrou said Sarkozy had subverted basic democratic freedoms of free speech by using his media and business contacts to pull the plug on Saturday's scheduled debate on Canal+ television between him and Socialist challenger Segolene Royal.
Sarkozy's campaign director Claude Gueant said the accusations were a baseless slander and denounced what he said were ``Stalinist tactics'' by the centrist Bayrou.