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Facing election shipwreck, Sarkozy 'friends' rise up ^ | June 1 2012 | Joseph Bamat

Posted on 06/01/2012 4:38:45 PM PDT by Cincinna

  With the right-wing UMP party predicted to lose upcoming parliamentary elections, former interior minister Brice Hortefeux and other French conservatives are embracing recently departed president Nicolas Sarkozy.

As conservative leaders in France contemplate a likely defeat in parliamentary elections in June, some among them have rallied around an unlikely figure: defeated former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

 The Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy Association was formally established in Paris on Wednesday, fuelling ongoing speculation about the uncertain future of France’s political right. Sarkozy, who lost the May 6 presidential runoff to Socialist rival François Hollande, repeated before and after the vote that he would quit politics if he was defeated. According to a statement prepared for the press, the mission of the new organisation includes being “vigilant to the way the [Sarkozy] record while in office is represented in public discourse,” and “upholding the ideas and values that he defended during his mandate.”

Brice Hortefeux, a former interior minister under Sarkozy and the head of the new group, told reporters that the former president’s friends would gather in a congenial spirit, and that they did not intend to weigh in on UMP party politics.

  The former president has in fact limited his public appearances to a minimum even as his right-wing UMP party faces an uphill campaign to maintain its majority in the lower-house National Assembly

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; france; frenchelection; hollande; sarkozy



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1 posted on 06/01/2012 4:38:52 PM PDT by Cincinna
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To: Cincinna

Thanks Cinna for staying with us despite all the FR anti French insults. Lets hope for the best for the conservatives in La Belle France

2 posted on 06/01/2012 4:44:58 PM PDT by dennisw
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Thanks Cincinna.

3 posted on 06/01/2012 4:46:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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To: Cincinna; afraidfortherepublic; mojo114; seenenuf; LucyT; Think free or die; DollyCali; ...

My guess is that pretty soon we’ll be seeing something like the GWB billboards asking “Miss me yet?”

The latest polls for the upcoming elections are here:

Doesn’t look that bad for the Right- UMP and FN are moving up slightly.
Remember this is the cockamamie multi-party jungle primary system in two rounds, June 10 and 17.

For those interested, Sarko is enjoying a much deserved vacation in Morocco with Carla and baby Giulia. I’m guessing he’ll surface soon after the elections are over.

4 posted on 06/01/2012 4:49:40 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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