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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The decisive question for the UMP

After their victory in the local elections France's Conservatives must decide whether they are open to alliances with the far-right Front National, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: "The conservative right must decide whether it would rather team up with the left or with the right-wing populists. Alain Juppé, currently Sarkozy's only serious rival, wants to steer clear of the Front National. The former president, on the other hand, is playing his cards close to his chest: his mantra is that voters should cast their ballots neither for left-wing parties nor for far right ones. He has avoided disassociating himself entirely from the Front National; he has avoided negating the party's 'republican' legitimation, as [Prime Minister] Valls does. How far can or should Nicolas Sarkozy allow himself to be tempted by Marine Le Pen? This question will no doubt be the subject of extensive discussions in the conservative camp."

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