Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blog attempts to align UMP-UDF

UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and UDF candidate Francois Bayrou may not be allied in the runoff, but that has not stopped former UMP PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin and current UDF Education Minister Gilles de Robien from attempting to form their own ad-hoc alliance.

Their new blog,, (which is hung up at the moment) lists 10 common values that the UMP and UDF share, and asks arty supporters to leave comments. While this may not be enough to upstage Segolene Royal's debate with Bayrou this Saturday, it could open the door for more UDF leaders to publicly support Sarkozy, a tense situation that Bayrou would presumably like to avoid.

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