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Financial Times: Sarkozy to relinquish interior ministry

Nicolas Sarkozy answered critics of his dual role as France's interior minister and presidential candidate, saying in a TV interview on Sunday that he would leave the government "around the end of March".

Mr Sarkozy's statement followed growing speculation that the UMP party leader would step down by March 23, the date after which the government had asked ministers to stop making official appearances in the run-up to the election.

It also followed weekend polls showing that Ségolène Royal, the Socialist presidential candidate, had closed Mr Sarkozy's lead.

Since declaring himself a candidate at the end of November, Mr Sarkozy has faced pressure both from opponents and advisers to leave a post seen as a distraction from campaigning and a potential conflict of interest.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 12:34:32 AM EST
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This is on the front page of the paper, but it is not news (no new date). But as the FT wrtoe a editorial a couple of days ago calling for his resignation, maybe they want to make it look like they influenced him?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 04:46:21 AM EST
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