Sarkozy aims for French party of 'Republicans'

April 16, 2015 9:53 AM

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Sarkozy aims for French party of 'Republicans'

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to rechristen his UMP party "The Republicans" - but more as part of a calculated bid to consolidate his own political comeback than in homage to similarly-named fellow U.S. conservatives.

Sarkozy, who was ousted by Francois Hollande in 2012, came out of retirement last year and is tipped to seek the ticket of his party to stand as president in 2017 elections. He was named UMP chairman last November and promised to help it end years of internal disputes and combat France's resurgent f...

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