Sarkozy and Juppe are both political veterans.
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The rivalry is heating up between the two top contenders for France's conservative presidential primary next month, with the brash Nicolas Sarkozy and the reassuring Alain Juppe dueling over their visions of France's national identity, immigration and Islam.Many French voters believe the winner of the November primary will have a good chance to succeed Socialist Francois Hollande – the most unpopular president of France's modern history.Juppe and Sarkozy, both experienced, high-profile figures of the Republican party, have adopted two different strategies to attract voters.Juppe and Sarkozy will face five other conservative contenders Thursday for the first televised debate of the primary.
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