Thursday, December 21, 2006
Sarkozy rallies his troops
The nomination of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy by the UMP is slowly becoming a reality as more of Chirac's troops move to support the new guy on the block. Jean-Pierre Raffari, a former Chirac Prime Minister and the moderator of the three UMP forums has announced that he will back Sarkozy, saying that "Our first duty is the duty of unity." He only amended his full support by saying that while "One needs changes (...) one also needs continuities," suggesting that he would not like to a complete rupture from the Chirac era. Alain Juppe, another Prime Minister of Chirac and the current mayor of Bordeaux, said that "major changes and sometimes ruptures are necessary" and that the UMP should gather "as soon as possible", a not so subtle sign of Sarkozy support.
These announcements further decrease the already small chance of a Villepin or Alliot-Marie candidacy, although neither has said anything definitive on their future courses of action.
Note: I apologize for the picture, but it was too good to pass up.
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