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Sarkozy caught hiding watch from 'pickpokets' at rally

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11:44 CEST+02:00

French president and candidate Nicolas Sarkozy held a massive rally in Paris on Sunday. The French press say he was caught on camera hiding his watch in fear of pickpockets.

The footage shows French President Nicolas Sarkozy quickly pulling off his watch and slipping it into his pocket as he shakes hands with supporters cheering him. 

French TV station I-tele recovered the footage and says it shows Sarkozy feared pickpockets would target him at the meeting.

In 2002, another presidential hopeful centrist Francois Bayrou had caught a young man trying to pickpocket him. 

On Sunday, Sarkozy, who is running for reelection, held a massive rally on the place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris. 

Organisers at the rally claim about 100,000 turned up for the event, a last demonstration of power before the first round of the election on Sunday.

Meanwhile rival Socialist candidate Francois Hollande held a rally at the Chateau de Vincennes in Paris. 


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