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Bayrou Decides

David A. Bell says defeated French candidate Francois Bayrou's taking a languorous stroll down easy street as the man everyone want on their side: Bayrou's UDF party (Union for French Democracy) is center-right, not centrist, and it has traditionally formed … Read More

By / April 30, 2007

David A. Bell says defeated French candidate Francois Bayrou's taking a languorous stroll down easy street as the man everyone want on their side:

Bayrou's UDF party (Union for French Democracy) is center-right, not centrist, and it has traditionally formed electoral coalitions with Gaullists, not Socialists. Bayrou himself served in two Gaullist cabinets. But Bayrou wants to destroy Sarkozy, whom he personally loathes, and he hopes to establish himself as leader of a permanent third force in French politics. Nicely for him, playing Hamlet (or Henri IV) allows him to pursue both aims at once.

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