Revenant Sarkozy takes to stage in conservative bid for Paris city hall

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It was billed as the last public meeting in the campaign led by Rachida Dati, the conservative Les Républicains party candidate to become the next mayor of Paris in municipal elections which begin next Sunday. But many in the long queue which had formed more than an hour before the gathering on Monday evening at the Gaveau concert hall in central Paris had turned up less to hear Dati but rather to applaud a rare public appearance by the mentor who shaped her political career, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.