France's Hollande battles Sarkozy over "race"
French Socialist Francois Hollande will ask lawmakers to vote on a proposed removal of the word "race" from the French Constitution if he is elected president in May, the frontrunner said in a speech on Saturday.
The 57-year-old Hollande also praised the diversity of France's ethnic makeup, saying the country was "proud of its diversity", further distancing himself from incumbent rival Nicolas Sarkozy's tough talk on immigration and calls for clear labeling of halal meat.
"There is no room in the republic for race," Hollande told an event for France's overseas territories held in Paris. "I will ask parliament to remove the word 'race' from our constitution."