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Political comeback for `French Karl Rove' - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

His career was supposed to be over, but the man who guided former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to victory in 2007 - and then to defeat in 2012 - may yet have the last laugh. Patrick Buisson, the close and very secretive advisor to Sarkozy, has not only climbed back aboard the opposition UMP party (Union for a Popular Movement), but may be charting the conservative party's future course.

The UMP is struggling with potentially destructive internal divisions after a close election for the party's presidency between former prime minister François Fillon and the party's secretary general Jean-François Copé. The Nov. 18 poll ended with a shock victory for Copé, followed by name-calling and allegations of vote rigging.

But as the factions loyal to Fillon and Copé were left reeling, one clear winner emerged from the contest. Besides casting ballots for the party's next leader, UMP members were also asked to choose between six motions, or manifestos they believe should guide the party over the next two years.

With 28% of all votes cast - or six percentage points ahead of the next closest motion - a text inspired by the stealthy 63-year-old strategist Buisson came out on top.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:22 PM EST
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Surprise surprise! Buisson having worked, from a situation of high influence, on a strategy of droitisation or leading the UMP electorate further to the right/ shifting the Overton window, now the hard-right factions in the party turn out to do well in a party election.

Who Could Have Predicted?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:27:48 PM EST
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