The resurrected career of Alain Juppé

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French foreign minister Alain Juppé is serious, intelligent and slightly dull - an "homme sérieux" who Mr. Sarkozy, with his impatient flash, is not.

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Alain Juppé, resurrected in politics after a criminal conviction in 2004 for political chicanery, is the quiet, strong center of President Nicolas Sarkozy's effort to secure re-election in France next year, writes Steven Erlanger in The New York Times.