Former French conservative PM Juppé announces presidential bid


The move by Alain Juppé, 69, has upstaged an expected imminent similar bid by Nicolas Sarkozy to run as the UMP party's 2017 candidate.

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Alain Juppé, a former prime minister who rebounded in politics after a criminal conviction in a 2004 corruption scandal, announced on Wednesday that he was seeking the nomination of France’s main conservative party for president, reports The New York Times.