French President Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to cut the number of immigrants and impose a minimum tax on the profits of big listed companies if he's re-elected in April.
The remarks were made as he sought to bolster support for his presidential campaign during a TV grilling from the veteran Socialist Laurent Fabius.
He was also asked to defend his record:
"It's up to the French to judge," said Sarkozy. "They will ask if during the crisis, did I protect them? With the events that have crashed down with an unheard of violence on the world, on Europe and on France.... have I done my job well, or have I done it badly? And would Mr Francois Hollande have done any better?"
But Laurent Fabius's retorted : "No! It's WILL he do better."
The debate which was testy and barbed at times, comes as Sarakozy is struggling in the polls against his socialist rival. Francois Hollande who launched his campaign months before Sarkozy and has promised a popular wealth tax, is tipped to beat him in a run-off in May.