Sarkozy challenged from the right

Sarkozy & VillepinFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy (r.) is being challenged from within his own party by former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (l.).   The challenge could split Sarkozy’s ruling conservative party in the 2012 elections.  International relations Professor William Keylor reminds that Villepin was the aristocratic French foreign minister who scolded U.S. Secretary of State Powell during the U.N. debate over the Iraq war.

“The contrast in style between the two rivals within the French conservative ranks could not be more striking — it’s like a pedigreed poodle challenging a pit bull.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197, wrkeylor@bu.edu

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