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Sarkozy renames French opposition The Republicans
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia May 30, 2015 10:01am|
|News Date||Saturday, May 30, 2015 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has changed his party's name from Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) to The Republicans. |
Members of France's main opposition party voted to support the rebranding on Friday, with 83% of members approving the move.
The move has sparked widespread debate in France, with critics arguing that all French people are Republicans.
Mr Sarkozy is widely expected to try for the presidency again in 2017.
According to one opinion poll, almost 70% of the public - and 40% of UMP supporters - said that no political party had the right to use the Republican label.
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