France's Sarkozy turns back to Hollande against Le Pen

Former president Sarkozy says they won’t make alliance with socialists to stop far-right Le Pen's party from winning

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Photo by: AFP

French right-wing opposition Les Republicains (LR) party President Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign rally in support of candidate for the upcoming regional elections in the Normandy region, Herve Morin, on Nov. 30, 2015

France’s former president and conservative party leader Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday denied making any alliance with current president Francois Hollande to halt increasing popularity of far right from winning regional councils in elections this month.

According to polls forecast, if Hollande and Sarkozy do not make any alliance, the far right National Front (FN) party could win at least two of 13 regions in the two-round election.

France’s socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said “everything must be done” even an alliance with Sarkozy’s The Republicans, to make FN fail.

But Sarkozy, made it clear that he turned his back on the government in an interview of Europe 1 radio by saying "I have nothing to do with the National Front, but I also fight the Socialists' policies."

Alliance between France's two biggest mainstream parties "would be doing a favour to (FN leader Marine) Le Pen. It would show that the FN is the only opposition party," said Sarkozy, who is hoping the regional elections will help him in his bid to get his party's nomination for the 2017 presidential elections.

According to the BVA poll, they show that Le Pen is well ahead in the northern France’s Nord Pas de Calais region.

Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen is also leading in the country’s southeastern Provence Alpes Cotes d’Azur, in the same situation.

If the Socialists, which seem to be coming third in the first round in both regions, pull out or make an alliance with Sarkozy's conservative party, the FN might still win but that would be less definite. 

A survey by Elabe pollsters showed that FN's number 2 official, Florian Philippot, would win in eastern France, again assuming the Socialists and Republicans don't strike alliances.

TRTWorld and agencies