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Prof Vladimir Franz with Premysl Sobotka (2nd from left), Jan Fischer and Karel Schwarzenberg (third from left) before a discussion between the Czech presidential candidates at the National Technical Library in Prague. Franz is a prominent Czech composer, painter and a professor at Prague's School of Perfoming Arts. He is also a registered candidate in the 2013 Czech presidential election and, according to polls, is running in third place after Milos Zeman and Jan Fischer, two former prime ministers.