Thursday, December 21, 2006

Le Pen gets rival backing

Yesterday National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen took one more step toward upsetting the first election round by gaining the support of a rival candidate. This from Aljazeera:
Jean-Marie Le Pen, a French opposition leader has won the backing of a long-time enemy, in a move set to boost his chances in the 2007 presidential election.

Bruno Megret, who left the National Front after argueing with Le Pen in 1998, said on Wednesday that he and his National Republican Movement (MNR) would support his former boss next year.
"I'm withdrawing my candidature for the presidential election," said Megret, who scored 2.3 per cent of votes in the first round of the 2002 presidential election. Read more...

Even if this doesn't amount to much support in the election, Megret is already giving Le Pen a little Christmas present: 140 signatures to get Le Pen on the ballot.

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