France

UMP founder party leaves coalition


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The Radical Party which was one of the founding groups of the Union for popular Movement (UMP) in 2002 has announced that it is leaving to establish a new centre right movement which will create a social and humanitarian majority.

Jean Louis Borloo who is the President of the Radical Party was a former Environment Minister in Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP government and is a popular figure with French voters. He is joined today by Rama Yade the former Human Rights Minister who has also left the UMP because of their recent ‘exploitation of religious and racial issues’.

The loss of two well known figures will be a serious loss to President Sarkozy and reduces his chances of winning next year’s presidential election as the centre right divides. Borloo announced that the Radical Party would be putting forward a presidential candidate.

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