Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande are making their final pitch for votes in one of the most dramatic elections in recent French history.
Opinion polls suggest the incumbent president has cut Hollande's lead slightly but is still trailing his Socialist challenger by some 6 percent.
Analysts say he needs a major reversal in fortunes to win on Sunday.
When Sarkozy was first elected in 2007 he was the most popular president in French history. Now polls suggest he's the least popular. What happened? The World's Gerry Hadden reports.