France's Sarkozy refuses anti-National Front blockade

February 3, 2015 8:53 PM

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France's Sarkozy refuses anti-National Front blockade

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy told supporters to back whoever they wanted in a by-election putting a National Front candidate against a Socialist rival, veering from a mainstream party tradition of recommending anyone but the far right.

The UMP candidate was knocked out in Sunday's first round in the eastern Le Doubs constituency, prompting some UMP officials to urge their conservative supporters to switch allegiance to the Socialist to defeat the anti-immigrant FN.

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