Apparently MP's from France's ruling UMP party have told President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to "cease and desist" in their public attempts to undercut Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who will most likely be the UMP candidate for the presidency. Chirac continues to hold a grudge against Sarkozy since Sarkozy supported one of Chirac's rivals, Édouard Balladur, in the 1995 presidential race. Villepin, on the other hand, has toyed with the idea of running himself, even if it means going it alone as an independent.
The backdrop to all of this political infighting is the simple fact that Sarkozy already has 71% of his party's support, while Chirac and Villepin's numbers are almost pathetically low. I guess the party finally realized that this election really is about winning, and they'll have no chance at all unless they can unite around a single nominee.
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