French politicians distance themselves from Chirac
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Nicolas Sarkozy, the frontrunner to succeed Jacques Chirac, said that he "never felt like anybody's heir" and that "France is the republic, it is not something you inherit."
Meanwhile, right-wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said Mr. Chirac left France in a 'catastrophic state.' "I think Jacques Chirac was the worst president of the republic in the history of France. With him I lose my worst enemy and I'm delighted," he said.
- "Jacques Chirac announces he will not pursue a third Presidential mandate" — Wikinews, March 11, 2007
- "Sarkozy signals break with Chirac" — , March 12, 2007
- "France's de Villepin endorses Sarkozy" — , March 12, 2007
- Angela Charlton. "French Candidates Step Away From Chirac" — , March 12, 2007
- "French PM Villepin Backs Rival Sarkozy" — , March 12, 2007
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