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On campaign trail, President Sarkozy threatens French pullout of EU's Schengen zone
PARIS (AP) ' President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will pull France out of the European Union's coveted visa-free "Schengen" zone unless progress is made on protecting EU borders from illegal immigration.
The pledge came Sunday at a boisterous campaign rally as the conservative leader faces what polls suggest will be a tough battle for him for re-election in April and May.
Sarkozy also pitched an effort to support purchases of European products within the continent, calling for the creation of a "Buy European Act" modeled on the U.S. "Buy American Act".
Most recent polls show Sarkozy would lose by a double-digit percentage margin against Socialist Francois Hollande if, as expected, they qualify April 19 for the decisive, two-candidate presidential runoff on May 6.