... or the spin of the reporter?
Check out this sequence from Reuters on the French presidential candidates' debate:
... Sarkozy, Royal go on offensive in French TV debate.
... No winner seen in French TV presidential debate.
... Sarkozy seen winner of French election debate: poll.
Here's the Times of London: Royal takes the battle to Sarkozy.
The Washington Post didn't quite see that way: Debate Turns Bitter as France's Presidential Rivals Trade Jabs.
Here's a PJM report: Debating in French (which seems to reflect what the poll indicates).
And here's Battle Royal.
My impression is Sarkozy won.