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It seems like Marine LePen is having trouble gathering the 500 signatures of mayors in order to be able to run as a presidential candidate as she was requesting that they be able to remain anonymous.
In the Le Monde article on this topic, Guéant also broaches this subject and doesn't seem very sympathetic to her cause.
With LePen's 20% of the vote, Sarkozy could upset the Socialists and win the election.
The real victim if Le Pen drops out is Bayrou, who becomes irrelevant.
The attempted lockdown of right-wing mayors by the UMP is exceedingly undemocratic. Most village-level mayors are conservative but not aligned with a political party, so the only way to discipline them is to threaten the commune's funding.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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