Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has just earned the support of the French Foreign Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy. In an interview this week, the Foreign Minister said that:
"We have a collective requirement: to make a success of the gathering. It is our responsibility as centrists to fight with Nicolas Sarkozy. I intend to contribute my share to the social and European pole of the UMP. The left does not have the monopoly of generosity. All my political engagement was put at the service these values and European construction. I know that Nicolas Sarkozy has the capacity to make things move.
In response to a question about the possibility that Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin or Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie might also seek the presidency, Douste-Blazy said that "it is necessary to enter the campaign today, to show our capacity for gathering around Sarkozy, to beat the left and Ségolène Royal." The Foreign Minister came out swinging against Royal several weeks ago, when he heavily criticized her trip to the Mid-East, and more specifically, her strong words against Iran. If anything's for sure, Sarkozy will sleep better tonight.
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