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Tonight's Debate

by An American in London Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 03:17:33 AM EST

Does anyone know if British Television or any other broadcaster is covering the Royal/Sarkozy debate live with English translation? Thank you for your help.

If the debate is not being broadcasted with English translation anywhere; is anyone blogging the debate live in English, either here or any other site?
by An American in London on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 04:31:52 AM EST
Le débat télévisé Royal-Sarkozy retransmis par de nombreux médias - 20minutes.fr

Le débat entre Ségolène Royal et Nicolas Sarkozy présenté en direct mercredi 2 mai par Arlette Chabot et Patrick Poivre d'Arvor sur TF1 et France 2 sera retransmis par de nombreux autres médias.

- France 24 retransmet le débat en direct avec traduction simultanée en anglais et en arabe, suivi d'une émission spéciale dans les trois langues.

- Arte retransmet le débat en direct sur internet : www.arte.tv et met cette vidéo à la disposition des internautes pendant les 7 jours suivant la diffusion.

Looks like France24 will do it with simultaneous translations in English and Arabic. I don't know if they will carry it on the web.

Transmitted here:
How to watch France 24

LATEST NEWS: FRANCE 24 is now available on BSkyB in English on channel 517.

Starting Feb. 1, 2007, FRANCE 24 is available on TPS in France, on channel 46 in French and channel 350 in English.

And starting Feb. 6, 2007, FRANCE 24 is available in English on Noos (channel 59) and Numericable (channel 345).

How to find the channel in Zone Europe

F.V. : French Version - E.V. : English Version On the European continent, you can receive FRANCE 24 by satellite (free to air coverage) on HOT-BIRD and ASTRA (F.V. and E.V.) (see satellite technical parameters by clicking on the maps).   You can also find the channel in the basic packages of the following commercial operators ("ch" = channel): 

Arte will have it, in French and German:
Retransmission en direct du débat Royal/Sarkozy - ARTE

ARTE retransmet ce débat en direct sur Internet www.arte.tv et met la vidéo de la discussion à la disposition des arténautes pendant les 7 jours qui suivront l'émission. Pour les spectateurs allemands, une version avec traduction simultanée en direct sera disponible dès 21h.

(BTW, questions such as this one can probably better be asked in the European Salon de News, rather than a 2 sentence diary...)

by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 05:12:22 AM EST
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(BTW, questions such as this one can probably better be asked in the  European Salon de News, rather than a 2 sentence diary...)

Let's take this diary as a French Presidential Debate Open Thread.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 05:14:03 AM EST
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I'm going with Migeru's suggestion, and posting my thoughts before the debate in here.

From what I've seen of Sarko in the last few days, he seems rather tired (or am I imagining things?), whereas Royal seems more relaxed. Though I base that on whatever I've happened to see of the two on TV lately. I'm hoping tired Sarkozy shows up for the debate tonight, though probably not.

Anyway, I don't know how much of an impact the debate ultimately will have on the election, but in light of the still fairly large gap between Royal and Sarkozy, she'd better kick his ass.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde

by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 05:34:25 AM EST
According to France 24; they will be providing a live feed of the debate in French, English and Arabic.

If Royal comes across as clear headed, intelligent and commanding; she has a very good chance of winning the election as at least 25% of the voters are undecided, should be a huge turnout with the election so close, and her discussion with Bayrou will help her in addition to LePen asking his voters to abstain.

I am not sure I trust any polling coming out of the major polling orgs because you dont know whether their polling is unbiased.

by An American in London on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 07:44:42 AM EST
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Well, the numbers before the first round (insert shameless diary plug here) were a mixed bag (underestimated Sarkozy, overestimated Le Pen, in the neighborhood for Royal and Bayrou), so one should take the polls with a grain or two of salt, of course.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 08:14:28 AM EST
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Unfortunately that assumes that the 25% of undecideds will either watch the debate or read about the aftermath.

It also ignores media support for Sarkozy. Even if Royal wipes the floor with him you can expect some put-downs and spin from the right wing press.

It's not over yet, but it looks a bit too rabbit and hat for comfort at the moment.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 08:31:24 AM EST
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interogators? Are they famous?
by Matt in NYC on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 03:03:56 PM EST
Saw this too late to be useful, but they are France's best-known news anchor Patrick Poivre d'Arvor (who officiates on TF1), and the head of political reporting on France 2 (public service), Arlette Chabot, who, let's say, doesn't have the charisma of PPDA.

Neither is known for left-leaning sympathies.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu May 3rd, 2007 at 04:57:59 AM EST
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